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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:
Drove Roads of Scotland, by
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
While the Wild Geese Fly by
The Lochaber Drover "Corrychoillie"
by Alistair Cameron
Highland Cattle Galore by Una F.
The Drovers Highway by Roy
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
The Steel Bonnets by George
Recommended Book on Breeds of Cattle
Farm Stock of Old by Sir Walter Gilbey