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TITLE
One-stilted plough
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_VOLXII_P264
DISTRICT
Cunningsburgh, Shetland
DATE OF IMAGE
1876
PERIOD
1860s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31634
KEYWORDS
ploughs
crofting
farming
ploughing
soil
agriculture
One-stilted plough

The one-stilted plough is said to be the ancient plough of Rome and Egypt. The plough was attached to a team of oxen which pulled it through the field while the farmer guided it using the stilt. The stilt of a plough was the shaft which was used to control the direction and the depth of the furrow.

This illustration shows a replica of a one-stilted plough from Shetland. When the historian Arthur Mitchell approached a crofter in Cunningsburgh, Shetland, the crofter felt that the original plough was too old and used to be sent to Edinburgh, and had a copy made instead.

This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)

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One-stilted plough

1860s

ploughs; crofting; farming; ploughing; soil; agriculture

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

The one-stilted plough is said to be the ancient plough of Rome and Egypt. The plough was attached to a team of oxen which pulled it through the field while the farmer guided it using the stilt. The stilt of a plough was the shaft which was used to control the direction and the depth of the furrow.<br /> <br /> This illustration shows a replica of a one-stilted plough from Shetland. When the historian Arthur Mitchell approached a crofter in Cunningsburgh, Shetland, the crofter felt that the original plough was too old and used to be sent to Edinburgh, and had a copy made instead.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)