Roddy’s first job as a Cattle drover

Stripeside The long low building is Stripeside, another of the many abandoned farms in this part of the world. The farm to the left, Broomfield, is still occupied. It is named as Bloomfield on the 1872 six-inch map. Roddy’s first job working for a local farmer driving the cattle along the local roads from one field to another. He remembers working for Stripeside Farm. The young children in the village (Botriphine) would run ahead of the cows to block off routes and keep the cows on the two-mile (sometimes longer) route. It would take a couple of hours to travel between the two fields for which they got sixpence.

Staddle Stones
Staddle stone barn at Fairthorne Grange Farm, Curdridge The Corn stooks or shocks were left a few days to dry in the sun (if any) too much rain causes the corn to start growing in the ears and it would become useless.

There were more jobs at harvest time including cutting the oats and making stooks. Putting them onto stacks. The Stack would stand on top of several toadstools (Staddle Stones) to keep the grain away from mice etc… on the ground. (These stones are also used to raise barns for the same reason).

Tattie Harvest
When the tattie harvest was ready local children were employed in large numbers to pick the tatties and put them into baskets or plastic washing baskets. The baskets were very heavy.

potato advert from Scottish Screen OnlineScottish Screen Online 1951 advert to children to encourage them to take part in the potato harvest.

Roddy was interviewed at Keith Heritage Group

Additional Information

audio_clipDrovers Lads music

click here to listen to a piece of harp music called Drovers Lads.

Historic Farm Buildings in HampshireHere is a link to an interesting article about Historic farm buildings in Hampshire. There are many similar buildings to this in Moray such as Dovecots and slate roofed barns which features in the publication.