Andrew Lorimer's Life and Times in the Upper Tweed Valley
A century ago life in the Upper Tweed Valley was very different to that of today. This book, compiled from notes made by Andrew Lorimer, describes his personal experience of a way of life which had almost completely disappeared by the middle of the twentieth century.
He describes the life of shepherds, their families and children and the hardships that were commonplace in the first part of the last century. He recalls his schooldays at the Tweedsmuir school and poignant memories of the First World War, the arrival of the gramophone and the fund-raising dances. Old methods of fishing and peat digging are included as are descriptions of the natural life of the area. The reader is introduced to people, places and events which combine to provide a unique social history of the area at the time.
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Andrew Lorimer with two of his sisters his grandmother
School group c 1910 Shows tackity boots
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Andrew Lorimer animals Badlieu bank became Biggar birds Blyth Bridge boys Bridge Broughton built burn byre carried century Cheviot clipping cottage curling dances drain Drumelzier early eggs eventually farm father feet fish flood Fruid Gameshope Garelet Geordie glen Glenbreck Glenriskie Glenveg goosanders grass ground Hearthstane herd hills Hirsel Hopehead horse Jimmy Jock Kilbucho Kingledores lambs land later leister lived looked married Menzion miles Moffat Mossfennan mother nearby nest Oliver Castle once otter Patervan peat Peebles Peebles High School Peeblesshire plants Polmood pool rabbits railway remained reservoir river River Tweed road rocks rowan salmon sea trout sheep shepherds side slypes snow sometimes Stanhope stone Talla Talla railway Talla reservoir took trees Tweed Valley Tweedsmuir school Upper Tweed Valley usually wall weather winter wool young