For everyone with an interest in the town, people and parish of Shotts

Cattle Show


Which brings us to our Cattle Show, one of the oldest in Scotland. It was established in1819, just four years after the Battle of Waterloo.
It, too, was a great and glorious day commemorated by the old rhyme:-

  • The cocks will craw, the hens will lay; The drums will beat, and the fiddles will play;
    For the morn’s the Cattle Show day!

Houses got their second spring-cleaning; walls were whitewashed anew; window frames and doors were repainted. The bairns got new frocks and “peenies”*; and seats were placed at every door where, in all their finery, our ancestors sat, seeing and being seen by the strangers as they passed on their way to the Show.

Peenies = Aprons

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