bothy; travelling

Maker
Heggie & Robertson
Description
Travelling bothy consisting of a wooden hut on a chassis with cast iron wheels. The door is leaved and there are two windows. The wood was re-covered with felt by the Museum in the early 1980s and the exposed wood painted green. Cast in relief on the body on a brass plate "Heggie and Robertson Priorybank Dunfermline".
Such bothies were often used in conjunction with threshing mills, to house farm workers during the course of the harvest season. A bothy like this and a threshing mill would be trailed behind a steam traction engine. This one was inhabited as recently as 1974. A bothy can be any one roomed structure in which labourers are housed.
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Department
Production place
Signature & date
moulding:plaque:"HEGGIE & ROBERTSON/ PRIORYBANK DUNFERMLINE"
Measurements
On MDA card as L3.6m x W1.92m x H3.12m
Restriction
Open - expired restriction on access
Restriction notes
This item was thought to contain asbestos but when sampled it came back negative in 2014 inspection. See report for full details.
Accession number
1978-348-002

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