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The new regimen demanded that farmers possess a certain degree of business aptitude, and in this case, poor tack management was a key issue. 49 The decades immediately before and after the turn of the century saw the gradual introduction of a modern system of agriculture in Glenbuchat, but it was by no means a smooth transition. Other aspects of life in the parish reveal a similar, equivocal engagement with modernity. The growth of an artisan class and access to manufactured goods imply both regular access to external markets and an agrarian class with expendable income.
In Glenbuchat, its effects were exacerbated, first, by sharp rises in rent that the heritor had instigated in 1808/09 and again in 1813/14 in an effort to capitalize on the improved circumstances of the tenants,40 and, second, by the effects of back-to-back crop failures in 1816 and 1817. Few tenants were ruined by the depression but all were affected by it. Even the heritor, who had borrowed heavily against overvalued properties only to be jammed by the inability of tenants to pay their rent, was brought to the verge of bankruptcy by the early 1820s.
The Community Folksong, if understood as community-based expression, needs to be assessed in dynamic relation to the social world of the singers. As a “traditional community,” Glenbuchat lends itself to stereotype: an isolated, upland district, sparsely populated by hardy rural folk—“pure Aberdeenshire stock,” as Margaret Pirie described her great-grandparents, John and Charlotte Reid who leased the farm at Milton (Pirie and Rankine 25). Academic generalizations also enter the picture, of peripheral cultures and folk societies, and, with direct reference to ballads, of Entwistle’s view (1–7)—readily echoed by Housman (41–50) and Hodgart (131ff )—of remote, mountainous districts as the natural home to the genre.