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Trade, Services and Markets
Fairs and Trysts
Town services for rural hinterland
Markets and marts
main image Milnathort, Kinross-shire, c.1910
Market towns were central to the operation of the countryside. Milnathort, on the south side of the Ochil Hills, was the focus for the country to the north. As well as shops, it had a livestock market and a railway station.

Farms were usually leased from a landlord, so there were lawyers in market towns who could carry out the legal formalities of creating and transferring them.

Banks were also important because farmers spent money all year round but only received income from sales of animals or crops.

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