Changing rural practice and the biographies of buildings
which was replaced by an entirely new style of farm complex in the early 1800's to compliment the new farming methods being pioneered at the time.
Subsequent building additions, such as this covered extension added between 1863 and 1896, show how the archaeological remains of the farm testify to changing economic practices in the late 19th century
The parlour is a physical response to more stable economic conditions enabled by the Milk Marketing Board. Their guaranteed price for the farmer encouraged stability in the industry and their aggressive marketing of milk from 1960's onwards produced some memorable TV adverts.
This stability slowly collapsed, however, due firstly to the introduction of EEC milk quotas in the 1980's and then to the re-introduction of a free market economy to the dairy industry in the early 1990's.
For many, dairy farming became unsustainable. For those who remained the economic conditions demanded increasing economies of scale. As a result an increasing number of traditional island farms became untenanted, whilst milk price instability has moved Bute dairy farming towards an ever more economically precarious position.
This has forced new thinking about how built heritage and landscape are used to help sustain rural communities:
'Ambrismore, near Scalpsie Bay, where an existing stone byre will be converted to a four-bedroom family home and three new build homes will form a cluster of energy-efficient dwellings for rent.'
The Buteman 18th Feb 2014