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Biography of James Taylor; the Horseman’s Word.

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Title - Biography of James Taylor; the Horseman’s Word.
Contributors - James Taylor
Reporters - Hamish Henderson
Item Person - Taylor, James (Birkie)

Summary - Biography of James Taylor; the Horseman’s Word.

James Taylor worked for his father, and then, aged fourteen, herded sheep near Elgin. He went through the caaf-hoose [chaff-house, i.e. the Horseman’s Word initiation] and had the shake of Auld Hornie [the Devil], which could be anything hard. Hamish Henderson tries to prompt him to recite an initiation verse: "Ye’ll conceal and never reveal, / Neither write not dite, nor recite." His father fee'd in various places, then asked him if he would come home. He stayed until his father died, then got his own croft in 1913. He was lifted [conscripted] in 1914, and served in the 6th (Donside) battalion of the Gordons. He fought at Neuve Chapelle.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:14
Date Recorded - 1953
Language - Scots
Genre - Verse, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 2407
Original Tape ID - SA1953.189
Original Track ID - SA1953.189.3
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R



Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Strathdon
  Village - Lonach

Item Notes - The 1/6th (Banffshire and Donside) Battalion was part of the Gordon
Brigade, Highland Division.

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