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.   As the youngest […]

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

The Meal and Ale the 1940s disco night for rural Aberdeenshire folk 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 say but the […]

Harnessing Steam Power to Industrialise Britain

Progress is not one big idea but many thousands of small modifications to what was in the past. One great invention was the steam engine that saw the conversion of heat energy to motion. The steam engines were transformative machines, they redefined how fast and far we could travel around Scotland and what new developments […]

The Aberdeenshire and Scottish Local Agricultural Shows 1930s

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 all things rural/agricultural in Scotland. […]

You too can be a Scottish heritage film maker

  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 one generation to the […]

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 […]

The Plough used in agriculture with Clydesdale horse and tractor

At vintage working rallies you will see many different ploughs in action, from the single furrow tractor plough developed to be used by Harry Ferguson’s invention of the three point lifting system. This allowed the plough for the first time to be lifted up by the hydraulic system on board the early tractors. It also […]

The Women’s Land Army

  These ladies had to perform many different tasks during the war time Britain. Working in munitions, the forestry and in agriculture. We have a great deal to thank them for. A hotel in Kintore was their hostel and many local farms employed these hard working, technically savvy and organised individuals. The Women’s Land Army […]

The Clydesdale Horse

As a Scottish heritage film maker one of the most interesting features I have filmed is that of the Clydesdale horse. Here is part of their interesting story. The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse derived from the farm horses of the Clydesdale region of Scotland now known as Lanarkshire. The breed developed as […]