animals was a means of transporting money in the form of livestock, but
a lot of rustling went on across the English/Scottish border and the
Scottish view was that animals were Common Law Property, so they also
saw English cattle as their property. In 1535 there is a reconrd that
the English took back 10,356 cattle, 12492 sheep and 1296 nags plus 200
goats. A few years later Henry VIII had abou 23,ooo heads of livestock
driven back over the border.
Picture: Ferrying Livestock from Skye to Kyle.
|Drovers may have looked rough but they had to be men of outstanding skill and characture as they carried great responsibility. They were responsible for not just taking the animals to market, but carrying great sums of money after the sales. They were entrusted to collect taxes and carry peoples' letters. They were reliable , resourceful and good businessmen.|
Map of Drove Roads
|Today you can still trace drove roads. Pub names such as Black Bull or the Drovers Inn give you a clue as to where they would have been.. Also look out for roads which have very wide grass verges (plenty in the Orton area) they are normally over 40' (12 mtrs) wide. Anywhere that has a price in the name, like Halfpenny Lane, was likely to have been where dovers stopped overnight and was the fee for each animal.|