They were originally described as fishermen who had a croft , compared with the Orcadians who were farmers who kept a fishing boat.
I hear my first corncrake in a patch of irises by a roadside croft and spend a tantalising and unsuccessful half-hour trying to get a glimpse of it.
Leek pottage was especially popular - but the crops used depended on what a peasant had grown in the croft around the side of his home.
As I neared her croft I began to look for her across the fields, or by the stream, for I knew she often worked there as well.
He revolutionised farming in Scotland in the 18th century, by compiling his famous Statistical Account of Scotland - a detailed survey of every farm and croft in the land.
They moved to Skye with their children, fully intending to occupy a croft and work the land.
She opened the croft gate, and the women filed in, one by one before us, and stood on the unploughed plots of the croft .
In 1556 he bought a house and garden in the same street, and a house with a garden and croft (enclosed land) in the nearby Greenhill Street.
On the area of the croft land, there is also a further dilapidated farm building which could have the potential for residential conversion.
His face is strangely timeless - schoolboy one moment, old Highland crofter the next.