If you were a farmer or agriculturist in Scotland in 1963 and you wanted to buy a tractor plough you could purchase one from a number of makers.
English makers included Bristol Tractors Ltd, David Brown Tractors (Sales) Ltd, County of Devon Engineering Co. Ltd, Fisher Humphries and Co. Ltd, International Harvester Company of Great Britain Ltd, Martin Markham Ltd, Massey-Ferguson (UK) Ltd, Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ltd, and the Wexford Engineering Co Ltd.
The were still a small number of Scottish plough makers of major significance, who were known nationally and internationally. They included William Begg & Sons, Tarbolton, Machine, Ayrshire. The company had a range of ploughs for different tractors including Massey ferguson, Fordson Major, International, Nuffield: a hydraulic mounted plough, suitable for Ferguson tractors, single-furrow, general purpose, to which lea and stubble bodies can be fitted; a trailing, single furrow, 16 inch by 12 inch general purpose, trip cord operated lift (a geo furrow was also available); a trailing, two furrow, trip cord operated lift, with a width of 7-12 inch furrows; a hydraulic mounted, two furrow general purpose plough; and a hydraulic mounted, two furrow digger type with a width of 12 inch or 14 inch furrow.
Also, in Ayrshire Robert Begg & Son Ltd, Implement Works, Sharon Street, Dalry, had a selection including:
Tractor plough, RBS1, power lift single furrow
Tractor plough, RSB2, power lift double furrow
Bar point plough, RBS3, power lift single furrow
Bar point plough, RSB3, power lift single furrow spring loaded
Bar point plough (long frame), RBS4, power lift double furrow
Bar point plough (short frame), RBS4, power lift double furrow.
A. Newlands & Sons Ltd, Linlithgow, had a range of ploughs. These included:
Bar point plough, 2 furrow NLD Parallel, with depth control
Bar point plough, 2 furrow, NLD parallel, without depth control
Reversible plough, 2 furrow one way
Power lift plough, 3 furrow, with depth control
Power lift plough, 3 furrow, without depth control
Power lift plough, 2 furrow wide frame, with depth control
Power lift plough, 2 furrow wide frame, without depth control
Power lift plough, 2 furrow NTP, with depth control
Power lift plough, 2 furrow, NTP, without depth control
Power lift plough, single furrow, with depth control
Power lift plough, single furrow, without depth control.
George Sellar & Son Ltd, Great Northern Road, Aberdeen also had a range of ploughs. These included its bar point mounted ploughs, “Sellar Landlord” L2/3-30, L/2, F3-30, and R2 reversible.
If you were to look at the picture of plough making in 2000 you would see a very different picture with English and European makers dominating the market.
The photographs were taken at a range of rallies and vintage events throughout Scotland from 2014 onwards.