SCOTTISH PLOUGHMAN

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Subjects:

  • Agriculture

Genres:

  • Educational

People/organisations:

  • Scottish Educational Film Association (SEFA)

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: SCOTTISH PLOUGHMAN

Reference number: 0588

Date: 1955*

Director: [d. Adam H Malcolm]

Sponsor: Joint Production Committee of SEFA and SFC

Production company: SEFA (Edinburgh Group)

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 11.00 mins

Description: Everyday life and work of a Scottish ploughman, shot at Smeaton Farm, Dalkeith.

Credits: The producer thanks Mr Sommerville of Smeaton Farm [Dalkeith] and his ploughman, Jimmie Gemmell.

Shotlist: Credits (.33); A ploughman wakes up, lights the oil lamp on the bedside table and gets dressed (.52); He rakes the ashes in the grate, builds up a fire and puts the kettle on. Next he goes out to the stable to feed the horses (1.36); Back in his kitchen, he makes porridge and has breakfast. He makes up a piece for lunch and wraps it in newspaper (3.07); In the stable, he cleans out the horse stall, combs horse and pleats its tail into a bunch. He saddles the horses and hitches them to the plough (5.37); Off to the fields (5.43); The ploughman uses feering poles to guide him in making a "score" five yards from the edge of the field to mark his end and side rigs. Shots of ploughman placing the poles and ploughing the score (6.59); He then divides his field into "Rigs" or "Lands" and sets his plough to turn the full furrow. Shots of ploughing (7.20); The horses feed and the ploughman sits down to eat his piece (7.40); The plough team back at work. General shots of ploughing as the field is completed (9.19); Sunset (9.28); Back in the ploughman's kitchen, he reads a book about ploughs. A friend joins him and they have a cup of tea, play the mouth organ and accordion (10.21); ecs (10.40)