6 January 2013

Deer Ploughing Match

The Ploughing Match by the Farmer Society of Deer, was held at Yokieshill, December 24th.  Nineteen Ploughs started, of which eighteen were drawn by pairs of horses, and the other by a pair of oxen.  The work being finished, the Judges proceeded to determine the Premiums; and adjudged the 1st to James Coynach, servant to Robert Scott, Yokieshill; the 2d to William Jaffery, servant to Alexander Bruce, Millhill of Kinmundy; and 3d to Wm. Law, servant to James Rickart, Knock, the 4th to Geo. Loggan, servant to the above Alexander Bruce; and the 5th to James May, servant to John Mackie, Coynach.

JAMES FERGUSON, Esq. of Pitfour, one of the members of the society attended, while the work was performing, and with his usual generosity, made a present of Two Guineas to the Ploughmen, which was equally divided among the unsuccessful candidates.  The judges, and all present, were highly gratified to see the work done in so superior a style, being on the whole the best they had seen on any similar occasion; which shews the effect of frequent ploughing matches.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 6th January 1813.

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