Charles’ Father held the tenancy on Coldhome Farm near Craigellachie and Maggieknockatar. His mother was the Farmer’s wife. He started working with the horses when he left school at the age of 14 in 1942. His working day began around 5 a.m when he fed and watered the horses and cleaned them out. He put the harness on them for the plough. It took about 2 hours to get the horses ready. Then he had his breakfast from 7-8 a.m. At the end of the working day when they had finished ploughing they took off the harnesses and cleaned them. The dirt needed to be brushed off them. In the summer the horses were set out into a field and in the winter they were given feed in a stable. he never diod any of the ploughing competitions but he did enjoy watching them. When his Father got a tractor he had to leave and get a job at a farm near Portgordon, Taennachy Farm. He learnt how to drive a tractor. Even though he had to move away from home to work at the other farm he went home at the weekends with his washing for his Mother to wash. He left those clothes for the week and took another set of clothes for the following week.
Memory contributed by Charles Gordon from Aberlour
Watch a 1955 film of horse ploughing
The film shows everyday life and work of a Scottish ploughman, shot at Smeaton Farm, Dalkeith.
It was made in 1955 and lasts 11 minutes.