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Draining and Flooding
Land drainage
Soil drainage
Wells and dams
main image Reclaimed marsh, Brathinch, Menmuir, Angus
In 1750, significant areas of lowland Scotland were still marsh, useless for pasture or crops. The amount of land which was available to farmers was increased by draining this marsh.

The method was to dig lines of drainage channels across the marsh. The digging was done by hand. It was slow, but wages were so low that it was not particularly expensive. It was often done by gangs of Highlanders who walked round the country in summer looking for work.

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