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Ploughing in South Walls with horse and ox

This photograph was taken of my Great Uncle, Sinclair Manson of the Stoop, Longhope, South Walls in 1922 ploughing with horse and ox.

My Mother told the story that his second horse had died, so Sinclair walked to North Hoy to collect the Ox and walk it back to the Stoop. Quite a journey!
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Picture added on 06 January 2010 at 11:56
I can mind owld Sandy Barnett plooan wi a pair o oxen at the Lythes... mind Willie Donald saying Sandy just ploos amang the stanes..

Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 06 January 2010
I remember Sinkie Manson and Isaac, also Mary they all lived together at the Stoop, Sinkie was a very good stock man, he could be shall we say be very forthright!! I believe Mary was a Policewoman at one time mayby in Edinburgh? I think Isaac had been at sea, he loved to talk about ships.

Great photo have you anymore? Keep them coming.
Added by John Budge on 06 January 2010
Hi John, when I mentioned your name to my father as a contributor to this site, he said you would remember the Mansons.

My parents Betsy & Bill Grant visited the Mansons at the Stoop (and later St Colms Quadrant)every summer for many years. I enjoyed a holiday at the Stoop in 1969 and 1971 staying with Gt Aunt Mary, Sinclair & Isaac. I have fond memories of the place having spent many summer holidays there as a child with my Mother and brother. My mother also enjoyed many holidays at the Stoop as a child along with her Mother Jessie Smith (ms Manson) and brother Cairns.

I recall in 1971 Isaac taking my husband and I to do some fishing. Not sure where exactly, but not far from the Stoop (not at the lighthouse). We had to walk through a couple of fields that saw me running away from a goat that was jumping the fences faster than I could, much to Isaac's amusement. We had to climb down on a rock shelf with us being very wary but Isaac as nimble as that goat. Anyway, there was my husband John with his 'fancy' fishing rod as Isaac called it and Isaac armed with his pole and coloured feathers. You can guess who had the most success..not my husband with the expensive rod...but Isaac who kept repeating 'My My.. that's a fancy rod you have there' accompanied with a smile....I couldn't help thinking he was really enjoying this.

I was told that Sinclair was a very good stock man and I'm lucky enough to have one of his winning Cups.

I don't think Gt Aunt Mary ever left the island to work elsewhere as she spent her time looking after her brothers. Her sister Jessie (my Grandmother)left the island, married Thomas Smith and they lived in Edinburgh.

Isaac was in the Merchant Navy and I have a great photo of him, unfortunately it does not show which ship he was on which is disappointing.

I also enjoy researching the Manson Family Tree.

Will certainly look for more photographs.
Added by Mary McGilvray on 08 January 2010
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