The origin of this is as follows.
In Cliffony was a thatched chapel. The people used to bring oaten straw or rye. It was not scutched of course. The priest for this done and thus had oats for his horses. This was how the chapel was thatched yearly. Then when the new chapel was built; a slated one;- the bringing of oats was done away with and people gave money instead. This was how "Stook Money", arose and the origin of the present dues which are given at Xmas and Easter.