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Thread #9515   Message #1102026
Posted By: GUEST,Alistair from NE Aberdeenshire
26-Jan-04 - 06:12 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Barnyards of Delgaty
Subject: RE: barnyards of delgaty
Fit Like Shona?

These fowk hiv nae idea, dee they?

Well now. Rhynie (Rye-knee) is at the foot of a hill called Tap O' Noth. In 1966 I worked on a farm called Blairindinne which was in the shadow of it. Bennachie, on the other hand, is about 10 miles East on the road towards Inverurie. I would assume that the 'Rhynie' in the song is the name of a farm. Farms were called 'touns' by the way.

By an odd quirk of fate my father had been 'fee'd' at Blairindinne back in the '30's. He had attended a fee'n market in Huntly (note spelling) and a Fairmer Mannie came up to him and said "Are you looking for a fee laddie?" So he went to work at Blairindinnie for a fee of 20 pounds for six months.