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Bill Leslie ploughing at Grimsquoy
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Bill Leslie ploughing at Grimsquoy

Bill Leslie ploughing at Grimsquoy. Inganess bay in background. This is one of the farms where Kirkwall airport is now. I imagine it was taken about 1930.
Picture added on 25 February 2013 at 23:23
Not ploughing but breaking in land with what looks like harrows and a spring tine cultivator. Grimsquoy was farmed by the Tait's previous to this. The garden wall of their house can still be seen just in from the new entrance gate for emergency vehicles.
Added by Ian Tait on 26 February 2013
Don't think that is a plough, could it be a grubber?
Added by Rae Phillips on 27 February 2013
He is grubbing cleanland in springtime. This is land that grew a crop on neeps for previous winter, this was to level the ground for ploughing. Only particular farmers did this.
Added by Svickia. on 05 March 2013
An ex Westray man Jock Stout lived here in Longhope and I mind him speaking of working on a farm called The Barns in Tankerness this before the war. The farmer might have been a Foubister.
To hear Jock speaking it must have been the finest farm in Orkney!."My Hang"
I believe the airport took the land over.
Added by John Budge on 08 March 2013
My hang it was the raw egg in the morning that kept Jock going so long after the rest of the county boys in picture #9236 except for Johnny Cload who is still going strong in his 90's so he is a good advert for tin can cooking and Carnation Milk by what dad used to say, so it's no done him any harm the processed food.
Added by Beryl Simpson on 10 March 2013
Think your missing the point of my letter Beryl and like you aye did are noo onta anither strand o whur younger days and memories.
Settle doon pet and taak yir "peels" yill feel better soon and the shadow,s will fade!!. Lol.
Added by John Budge on 14 March 2013
When the Taits had this land there were two farms, Grimsquoy and Guspows (goosepools). There is still a house in Nicholson Street called Grimsquoy.
Added by Ian Tait on 04 May 2013
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