Tuesday, 10 November 2015
The Rough Road to Plocaig
Before 1921, neither Sanna nor Plocaig had a road, but a campaign by the women of Sanna, who wrote to the queen describing how difficult life was without a proper road connecting them to Kilchoan, resulted in one being built. The reason Sanna won over Plocaig was that it had twenty crofts while Plocaig had only four, around which grazed three cows, a pony and a few sheep - and the Sanna ladies' campaign was supported by the author MEM Donaldson who lived at Sanna Beag.
Like Sanna, in 1872 Plocaig was a relatively recent settlement. Sanna was created to take some of the families being evicted from places like the Swordles during the mid-nineteenth century, and Plocaig must have been the same. Yet by 1921 the Plocaig population was already in steep decline.