An Old Man Crofter.
Hugg MacLeod, crofter, Morefield parish of Loch Broom, county of Ross, Scotland, was born on November 24, 1783, and consequently is now 107 years old. About twelve months ago the " Pall Mall Gazette," gave some account of this tough old man, and m describing him asa " fine specimen of his clan, class, and race," remarked :— " having no family relations living, he is entirely dependent upon the benevolence of his countrymen, and this article is especially written to make that fact known to them." One result was that £26 was sent from Queensland with a very kindly worded letter. These duly reached Hugh MacLeod, and he acknowledged the present thus:—*'Mr Editor and kind friend, as I may call you for your kindness to me, —I got the money all .safe and right, and may the Lord bless my friends for taking notice of ft poor old man. lam ten years younger day when I got the help from you. I am as healthy as over I was, and as straight as a rush. My appetite is as good as ever. I am rising every day, going about; my mind as good as ever. Also I am glad to tell you thai: I planted my potatoes this year as usual. I must say a few words m thanking the members of Parliament m Queensland. You will be so good as to send tham my best respects from Hugh MacLeod, and tell I them that the Lord will reward them for their kindness to me m sending me such a present as £26 ; the half would be good to me. Many, many thanks to them, and tell them lhat I am ten years younger when I got their letter." Hugh" MacLeod is a broad-shouldered man, and stands six feet m his stockings. Ho gets up m summer between 5 and 6 a.m., and goes to bed at 9 p.m. In winter he rises at 8 a.m., and retires at 10 p.m. In a recent letter he says—" I had to drop the croft, as I could not cultivate it at last, but I still cut my own fire (peats), and I oarried home on my back a creedful of peats, 841 b, yesterday. I take porridge and milk for breakfast, as I always did throughout my life ; potatoes and herrings and fish and mutton (salt), when I can get it."
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An Old Man Crofter., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2511, 6 September 1890
An Old Man Crofter. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2511, 6 September 1890
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