Working as a beater in Speyside by Jack Cruickshank

Jack started work in the school holidays as a beater on an estate on Speyside near Keith. The shoots involved pheasant, partridge, mountain hares (on the moors), grouse and snipe. The beaters worked at the butts. The guns and the beaters walked together while the guns shot forward.

In grouse beating the birds were chased to the gun. Part of the job was to set up the guns. There were places down the side of the hill (hummocks). As you got close to the guns they were supposed to shoot over you. If you got shot you got an extra beer.

Memory contributed by John “Jack” Cruickshank from Lossiemouth


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