School: Wilson N.S. (roll number 16138)

Raphoe, Co. Donegal
A.J.M. Thompson
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1102, Page 218

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  1. In olden times the people hadn't much money, and they procured their goods by exchanging. They exchanged a cow for a horse, or something like that.
    The markets were held along the road, or in some appointed field. If you had a hen or duck to sell, you carried it to the market, under your arm, and you were pleased to receive about six-pence each. The people had to go to the nearest town, to do their messages.
    The "ragmen", came round and collected rags, when they had them safely in a cart, they threw you an iron spoon or something similar. If you worked for six months to some farmer, you received an acre of potatoes, or turnips for your work. This was called, "Truck-Work". A "cant", was an old man who sold second handed clothes. "Tick", was used when you received something, without paying for it at the time, but promising to pay later.
    "Gipsies", went about and collected horse-hair. They sold it to the saddlers, and received money for it. When you had butter or eggs to sell, you took it to your grocer, and you received your messages for it.
    A shilling was called a "bob",
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    1. activities
      1. economic activities
        1. trade
          1. buying and selling (~3,622)
    Sadie Mc Knight
    Oakfield Demesne, Co. Donegal