Traditional farm spade by Scotts of Cork and spadework in olden farms.

 

Cork antiquarian and businessman Robert Day married one of the Scotts and took over the business.

Scotts of Patrick’s Quay/McCurtain St. Cork supplied a range of garden and farm implements and tools. When the firm burnt down in the 1960s McCurtain St never recovered. It is unclear if the firm had their own spade mill or sub contracted their supply. There was a mill in Monard a few miles outside the city under a Viaduct on the Dublin railway.

The artist and architect Patrick Scott who died recently in his 90s was of this family.

https://durrushistory.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/discovery-of-primitive-bog-oak-spade-beneath-12-foot-peat-in-farm-of-mr-w-kingston-near-ballydehob-west-cork-1890s-7th-century-king-of-connaught-assailed-by-men-cutting-turf-who-killed-him/

The article from the History of Irish Farming deals with traditional spadework.

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