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.
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).
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.
Scottish Screen Online 1951 advert to children to encourage them to take part in the potato harvest.
Roddy was interviewed at Keith Heritage Group
click here to listen to a piece of harp music called Drovers Lads.
Here 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.