Glen Orrin Roots (cont)
We do not know precisely the kind of pressures faced by the family in Bridgepark during the 1840s, but the signs suggest that destitution was never very far away. That Sandy and Colin should leave home to find work may be interpreted as the normal progression of young men seeking to make their way in the world. More revealing is the fact that sometime about 1852-3 William and Margaret also abandoned the Bridgepark croft, leaving it in the hands of Roderick, who was the eldest son but the one least able to work the land. They went to live with their daughter Ann and her husband, George Maclennan, in Knockbain parish. However, looking after elderly parents as well as their own children seems to have been a struggle for Ann and George. When Margaret died in 1863 she and William were recorded as having been paupers - that is, people in receipt of parish relief. She was buried in an unmarked grave in the kirkyard in the little village of Kilmuir, on the southern shores of the Black Isle. William joined her there, in a pauper's grave, in 1866.