PADDY'S MILESTONE

Video 1 (currently displayed video)

Men quarry the rock with hand chisels and “gentle gunpowder” to break it into 100 pound (45 kilo) lumps to be transformed into curling stones. (clip - full length available onsite)

Video 2

Simplicity of life on Ailsa Craig, showing the bird life, delivery of supplies by boat from the mainland and milking the goat. (clip - full length available onsite)

Video 3

Shaping, polishing and finishing in the factory at Mauchline, Ayrshire. (clip - full length available onsite)

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Places:

  • Ayrshire
  • Stirlingshire

Subjects:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Birds
  • Landscapes and seascapes
  • Sporting activities
  • Transport

Genres:

  • Sponsored

People/organisations:

  • DALRYMPLE, J. Blake
  • ELDER, John C
  • GILLESPIE, James Stirling
  • Elder Dalrymple Productions / Elder Films

Decade:

  • 1940s

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Title: PADDY'S MILESTONE

Reference number: 0916

Date: 1947*

Director: d. J. Blake Dalrymple

Sponsor: Andrew Kay and Company, Mauchline

Production company: Elder Dalrymple Productions

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 31.24 mins

Description: Ailsa Craig or "Paddy's Milestone" as the source of rock for the manufacture of curling stones.

Credits: ph. J. Blake Dalrymple
comm. s . Peter Watson
cam. ass. J.S. Gillespie

Shotlist: Title and Credits [Beginning missing] Animated sketches of a prehistoric forest. (1.04); Volcanoes (1.12); Stormy seas around rocky coastline (1.39); Shots of Ailsa Craig or "Paddy's Milestone" on the horizon (1.56); Visitor rows from yacht to island (2.32); He lands at a small beach. Pan round to steep rock face (2.55); Seabirds on rocky ledges (3.13); Long shot of lighthouse (3.16); Shots of goats belonging to the island tenant, Jimmy Girvan (3.40); Shots of three kittens (3.46); Woman milks the goats (4.03); The visitor is directed from tenant's farm buildings to castle (4.45); Exterior and interior shots of the castle (5.45); Shots of seabirds and eggs on rock face, intercut with shots of the visitor climbing the rock face to take photographs (10.20); Shots of the tenant's cottage and more shots of his goats (10.35); Long shot of lighthouse and heavy seas (10.50); Shot from supply boat approaching island in rough weather (11.02); The tenants await the arrival of the boat (11.13); Ship arrives at pier, sea now calm, and boxes and crates are unloaded (12.35); Supplies are then loaded into small wagon and pushed on rails up the island (13.00); Men quarry Ailsa rock for curling stones. Rough hewn stones are loaded into wagon and pushed on rails down to the sea (15.38); They are taken by rowing boat to the larger ship for transport to the mainland (16.37); Shots as storm gathers (17.06); Men continue to load the boat in worsening conditions (18.25); The loaded boat leaves for the mainland (18.32); Stones are unloaded at Girvan harbour. (18.47); From the yard they are taken to the factory at Mauchline (19.10); Man shapes the stones more accurately by hand (19.34); A series of machine lathes smooth the stone (20.25); Stones are then finished and polished by hand. Shots of stack of the finished stones (23.48); The handles are fitted to the curling stones (24.10); Shots of snow (24.22); Shots of hundreds of curlers on frozen pond at Carsbreck in Stirlingshire in the late 1930s (25.16); Shots of a busy indoor curling rink (25.37); Curling match between Ayr and Girvan. (31.00); Shots of "Paddy's Milestone" on the horizon (31.22); ecs (31.24)