Ploughing and hoeing matches; peat-cutting.
Date 17 September 1971
Track ID 93963
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1971.264

Original Tape ID

SA1971.264

Summary

Ploughing and hoeing matches; peat-cutting.

Ethel Findlater describes holding ploughing matches to have her family croft ploughed after her father died. Farms often held hoeing matches to single turnips, followed by a dance. Each parish had a ploughing match, culminating in a county match. She gives an example of a humorous prize. There was a ploughing match for tradesmen, who couldn't really plough. Mrs Findlater talks about a woman winning a tractor ploughing match.

Mrs Findlater has done ploughing and peat-cutting on her own croft. She talks about the terminology and techniques of setting the peats up to dry.

Item Subject/Person

Findlater, Mrs Ethel

Recording Location

County - Orkney

Item Location

County - Orkney

Parish - Birsay and Harray

Island - Orkney Mainland

Language

English

Genre

Information

Collection

SoSS