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Eddie agreed to share some words about some of the books he wanted to recommend. He wrote:

"There are a number of good books that tell the story of the Drovers. For centuries, Drovers/Herdsmen have relied on dogs to drive and control their beasts, and it is safe to say that the Bearded type of collies were the preferred type. Before the coming of the railroad and the motor wagon, all stock went by road (drove road that is). A drover and perhaps a boy on foot or sometimes on a pony would be moving approximately 50 or 60 beasts in their care. At it's peak, approximately 1,500 to 2,000 animals were being driven through the streets of London each day.

In the North, Drovers and Dealers would go into Scotland and buy cattle/sheep to be driven back into England to be fattened on the lush grasslands of Yorkshire and East Anglia to feed the ever increasing towns and cities and also to feed his Majesty's large Navy and Army."

Eddie recommended the following books:

Drovers

Drove Roads of Scotland, by Haldane, A.R.B.

The Drovers: Who They Were and How They Went by K. J. Bonser

Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover and other West Highland Chronicles by Eric R. Cregeen; Edited by Margaret Bennett

The Drovers by Shirley Toulson

Highland Drove by John Keay

Welsh Cattle Drovers by Richard Moore-Colyer.

While the Wild Geese Fly by Donald Cameron

The Lochaber Drover "Corrychoillie" by Alistair Cameron

Highland Cattle Galore by Una F. Cochrane

The Drovers Highway by Roy Saunders

Drove Roads of Northumberland by I. Roberts, R. Carlton and A. Rushworth

The Famous Highland Drove Walk by Irvine Buterfield.

Recommended Book on Reivers

The Reivers: The Story of the Border Reivers by Alistair Moffat

Tales of the Border Reivers (Sandhill Press Ltd.)

The Steel Bonnets by George MacDonald Fraser

Recommended Book on Breeds of Cattle

Farm Stock of Old by Sir Walter Gilbey

 

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