Author Archives: Don Carney

Sorting the nowt in the byre 1940s style

The farming year is always the same. A time for ploughing, planting and harvesting. Through all that work is the need to look after animals on the farm. I was brought up on a mixed farm called Drumnaheath beside Kintore in Aberdeenshire. We had pigs’ hens, turkeys for Xmas selling, sheep and cattle. The cattle […]

The ordinary persons story of Scottish life from 1890 to 1960

My interest in my ancestors unknown to me started when I was a school child some 60 years ago. As the son of a farmer in Aberdeenshire in Scotland I was very much part of the farm work force, even after I left home and started to work in my own career.   Background As the […]

The Meal and Ale the 1940s disco night for rural Aberdeenshire folk

The Meal and Ale the 1940s disco night for rural Aberdeenshire folk The harvest celebration Up to the late 1940s the celebration of the hairst being finished was celebrated in each district of Aberdeenshire with an evening eating drinking dancing and listening to local talent doing their party piece. Nothing different about that you might […]

The Aberdeenshire and Scottish Local Agricultural Shows 1930s

Summer time was Show time The summer time was the time when most towns and villages in Aberdeenshire had their own local agricultural show. It was one of the few highlights of the year that Scottish people looked forward to and it represented the heritage of Aberdeenshire. For the spectator it was a showcase of […]

You too can be a Scottish heritage film maker

  Oor heritage is vital Scottish heritage is something that is all around us every day. Today, in 200 years will have significant impact which reflects the past heritage of Scotland. The definition of heritage is that what is inherited. By implication what is inherited can only be inherited if it is passed down from […]

Vintage Rally Commentating all part of the story telling of Scottish heritage

I stumbled into commentating at vintage rallies like many other commentators with the words from one of the committee “ were stuck and we know you can speak”. To that came the Doric response of dinna be silly I ken nithing aboot auld things Im nae a collector. Sixteen years and over 80 rallies later […]