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Farming Stories from the Scottish Borders - Hard Lives for Poor Reward
Home > Farming Stories from the Scottish Borders - Hard Lives for Poor Reward
Colin Whittemore
This book is about the generations of
people who have made the farms we know
today. Engaging, enjoyable and
informative, the author uses various
family experiences to take the reader
through three centuries of change in
the countryside, including two farming
revolutions. Connections are made with
people both in and outside of
agriculture. Farming issues, past and
present, are illustrated by recounting
the lives of country people from farm
worker to estate owner. 

Focussing on the Scottish Borders but
reflecting lives across the UK, these
tales give historically factual
accounts of real life people and their
ups and downs in dealing with the
forces of nature, the varying states
of economic depression that swept
through the countryside, and the
everyday conflicts that arise in
family life. 

Based on painstaking research and many
interviews, as well as the author’s
own personal experience of a lifetime
in farming, Farming Stories from the
Scottish Borders tells of the struggle
against adversity and the human story
behind modern farming ways. It will
appeal to anyone who has an interest
in the history of the countryside and
the people who live and work in it and
particularly those with a nostalgia
for the ‘old days’.

Colin Whittemore started life on a
small family farm in England before
embarking on a career as an
agricultural research scientist. He
has written a number of popular books
on the lives of farming people and a
social history (including A Kindly
Winter, A Living from the Edinburgh
Countryside, and Newlands) and also
has a number of academic books to his
name.  He is Emeritus Professor of
Agriculture, University of Edinburgh
and Accreditation Chair of the British
Society of Animal Science.

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  • 148 Pages
  • Softback
  • 195 mm x 130 mm
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