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Hill and marginal grazings
Clearance for livestock
Sheep, shelters etc
main image Hassendean Common, Roxburghshire
Commons were marginal areas where animals could be grazed in summer and materials extracted, such as peat for fuel, heather for thatching or basket-work and turf for building.

Only certain properties, in specified areas, had rights to use commons. There was often a specified limit (soum) on the number of animals which could be grazed there.

The Scottish Parliament passed an Act in 1695 under which proprietors with rights to a common could agree to have it divided amongst themselves, according to a specified procedure. Hassendean Common in Roxburghshire, was divided in 1763 and was soon sub-divided into fields.

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