Lost way of life of Highland travellers captured in amazing set of photographs

They capture a way of life long gone.

A man and his dog waiting for the kettle to boil.

A new collection of images of Highland travellers from the 1920s to the 1940s have been discovered. All photos courtesy of the Gordon Shennan Collection, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, High Life Highland.

Photographer Gordon Shennan became friends with a number of travelling families through the Highlands as he sought to create a genuine document of the people and their way of life. Angus Stewart and his family are pictured putting up their bow tent, made from hazel willows, near Carrbridge sometime in the 1930s or 1940s. The family of seven slept together with straw used as a mattress.

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A travelling fiddler plays a tune on a fence. The photographer, originally from Galloway, was an electrical engineer who became interested in social welfare while working in London, where he volunteered at a Cockney Mission.
A travelling woman rests at side of road as policeman looks on. Shennan started work in the Highlands in 1925 when he took up a new post as inspector for the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Man and his dog and a shower hanging from the tree. The photographer toured the Highlands first on a motorbike and then in a van with his work as an inspector allowing him close access to the travelling community.
The photographer's nickname, 'the cruelty man', belied his warm and kindly personality. He became known as someone interested, not only in protecting vulnerable children, but also as a person who would gladly help struggling parents.
Woman and boy at the entrance to their bow tent.
A piper escorts a travelling family, with some of their possessions - including a set of pipes - wheeled along in the pram.
Man and dog wait for the kettle to boil. Through his work Gordon Shennan became a genuine friend of many travelling families, and was welcomed into the sites. He is known to have shared the food he had in times of need.
A MacDonald family on Skye who made their living from selling and mending items made from tin.
A family at home together.Shennan is remebered for his wish to capture a way of life and his "perceptive eye with deep feeling for the Highland way of life".