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Diaries, financial and administrative papers of Barberfield Farm, near Pencaitland, East Lothian; with some personal correspondence and papers of the Blythe family.

Identifier: Acc.11021/1-223

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, accounts, diaries, and miscellaneous papers, 1861-1993, largely of and relating to Barberfield Farm, near Haddington, East Lothian. With personal correspondence, accounts, and photographs of Charles Blythe, Farmer, and his family, 1861-1993.

Charles Blythe became tenant of Barberfield Farm in 1904 in partnership with his brother-in-law, William Millar, Draper, Tranent. In 1928, Blythe took on the lease of the neighbouring Heatheryhall Farm. Previously, he had been a farm overseer in Muirkirk, Ayrshire. Charles Blythe died in 1949, when the business passed to his sons and daughters. The family purchased Barberfield and Heatheryhall Farms on the sale of the Clerkington Estate in 1951.

Of particular interest is the remarkable series of farm diaries recording the daily farming activities of one family over three-quarters of a century.


  • Creation: 1859-1993.

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Presented, 1994, by A J R Ferguson, Edinburgh.

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