The house Willie Mathieson grew up in; a thatched roof blown off.
Willie Mathieson talks about where he was born and grew up, at Overton of Dudwick. He was born in a stone-and-lime house with a slate roof. They moved to Whitestone Hill when he was a year old. The croft had to be trenched [i.e. drains dug]. The house was a clay biggin [building], with a stone gable, a timber lum [chimney], roped thack [thatch], and an earthen floor. He describes how one day in 1888, he was told to go to Coldwells, as his mother would be there at a roup [auction], but he did not set out in good time and instead returned home, to find that the roof had gone. On the following Sunday, folk came from far and near to help re-roof the house.