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main image Mayshiel, East Lothian
Large parts of the Scottish Uplands were once occupied as summer pastures. These were identified by the Scots term 'shieling' and the Gaelic 'airidh'. These words gave rise to place names ending in -shiel and -ary.

Mayshiel was a shieling ground belonging to the Priory of May, on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth. After the Reformation, it became a secular property and has been the permanent base for a farm for several centuries.

Summer grazings in the form of commons continued to occupy parts of the Uplands until the 19th century, thus delaying the need to protect growing crops through enclosures.

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