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Buts Yuri on August 16, 2012

Interesting photo! LIKE! Many greetings, Buts_YV

keepclicking on August 16, 2012

Oh I don't know, a lick of paint here, a tile or two there..................

Yorkshire Sam on August 16, 2012

I'm intrigued by the house but even more intrigued by the area it sits in. The land looks strangely divided into little thin strips and yet has the appearance of being wasteland ?

Yorkshire Sam on August 16, 2012

By using street view in Google Earth I've confirmed what I thought in that its all drainage ditches dividing the land into such narrow strips. That is as elaborate and as labour intensive as any of the hillside paddy field patterns of Asiam countries. It certainly indicates just how much activity there was years ago and how little ther is now by comparison.

keepclicking on August 17, 2012

I forget what it was called, but each peasent was allowed a tract of land to grow things to sell or for their own use. Others on here will fill you in better than I.

Yorkshire Sam on August 17, 2012

I did some research KC and found out the following :-

Run-rig farming A ‘rig’ was a narrow strip of ploughed, cultivated land. ‘Run-rig’ was a system of land tenure where each tenant was allocated several detached rigs or portions of land on a yearly basis, by lot and rotation. This gave everyone a share of the best and worst ground. The name comes from the idea of the rigs running parallel to each other.

This was a genuine communal tenure system; but it was coming to an end in the 18th century because of the Highland Clearances and pressures on land from growing populations, especially in the Lowlands.

The marks of long-abandoned run-rigs are still visible today on bare hillsides all over Scotland, especially after a light dusting of snow.


Throughout Scotland the land was farmed by a method known as the run-rig system. There were no large farms as we know them today, instead the land was divided into numerous, narrow strips of land. These strips consisted of ridges of cultivated land ? the rigs ? separated from one another by quite deep ditches. These rigs were, on average, 30 feet broad. The hollows acted as shallow drains for the rainwater, but most of them were covered in reeds, broom and marsh plants. The farmers rented the land from the local landowner and usually paid him in kind. They lived in small clusters of houses and, each day, went forth to farm their rigs and tend to their animals. Most of them rented a number of rigs, but it was unusual for a farmer to have two or more rigs alongside each other.

I started out thinking it was similar to the feudal system of Medieval Britain where land was divided into long strips but when I saw that it was poor marshy land I switched to the drainage idea. The rigs are actually a combination of both those notions so I kind of got there by common sense it seems. If only it was possible to go back in time to see how it all looked when being properly managed and full of crops.

Neil Aitkenhead on August 18, 2012

Crofting - many thanks for the research gents!

c. bayernengel on August 4, 2013

das gefällt mir sehr gut, like
Liebe Grüße von bayernengel. ✿ܓ

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  • Uploaded on August 15, 2012
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    by Neil Aitkenhead
    • Taken on 2012/07/01 17:26:57
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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