In this film I attempt to tell a bit of the story of the beginning of the end of Usan.
Behind the Keith Mausoleum on the rock of Skae I noticed a Celtic cross that commemorated a doctor: Dr W A Mackintosh who died in 1911 just before the war. I wondered who he was?
Back home I discovered that he was the last Laird of Usan and had died suddenly in his bath. This was the beginning of the end for the Fishertoon of Usan.
In this film I find a connection between an enamel bath (vessel) and the Trawlers (vessels) that did an end to the laird and hand-line fishing respectively. Usan then went into decline.
At the time of this Angus adventure I was reading Ernest Hemingway’s short stories “in our time”. They were written not long after WWI and reflect his terrible experiences. They are somewhat brutal.
The music in this film all comes from the BBC Proms: Scott Walker Revisited. I have been rather moved by this performance of words and music of yesteryear (words and music that were barely noticed for decades)
To play this short film please click here or on the image above.
‘When does one story end and another begin’.
2 Replies to “The end of something”
Fascinating and well done !
The film stopped at 2.53 minutes and wouldn’t play any more. Disappointed as I have relatives from Usan- fishing folk in the 17 and 18th centuries.
Also visited Arniston a few years ago and loved it! Thanks for making the film.