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1814 Excerpt: ...the western shores, and in the isles, where from
want of regular employment, great numbers of the inhabitants are
obliged to leave their homes, in quest of work in other districts,
cultivators often find the greatest scarcity of hands, when the
weather is favourable, and the. busy season arrives. They are
therefore obliged to rely entirely upon their regular hired
farm-servants, which compel them to keep a greater number than they
would do under different circumstances. Where so many difficulties,
arising from the climate, and the natural state of the country, are
to be encountered, perhaps the best method would be, to diminish
the extent of land in cultivation, and to attend chiefly to grass,
or to grant as much land, as would enable the cottager to raise
potatoes and flax sufficient for his family, (which, with the
assistance of his family, he might cultivate at his leisure hours),
and to call for his assistance when necessary. This would give the
cottager something upon which he might rely, when he had it not in
his power to work for hire, without enabling him, at the same time,
to dispense with any opportunity which might offer to work to
others. This manner of procuring labourers, has been acted upon by
that intelligent and public spirited gentleman, Mr Campbell of
Shawfield, who retains, in the island of Islay, from fifty to
eighty labourers, who, whenever they themselves and his overseer
think proper, arc constantly employed by the day. Mr Macneill of
Gigha, and Mr Macneill of Colonsay, also keep a number of
cottagers, (who are in fact day-labourers), in a way somewhat
similar. Besides these two classes of labourers, there is a third,
consisting of women, boys and girls, who, upon all well cultivated
arable farms, are regularly employed, during the s...
|Country of origin:
Great Britain Board of Agriculture
||246 x 189 x 8mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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