The Scotsman's Library (1825)

James Mitchell, LL. D.

Flaughter Spade

The practice of taking off the surface of the ground, in order to increase the dunghill, and also that of paring divots, or thin turf, for the purpose of covering the roofs of houses, are pernicious customs, which out to be put an end to. The absurdity and destructive consequences of both having long been forseen, as appears from the following anecdote. It is well known, that the Treaty of Union, (an event which has proved so beneficial to both kingdoms,) was violently opposed in the Scotch Parliament; some members of which were constantly exclaiming, that it would be the ruin of Scotland. "The ruin of Scotland!" said an intelligent Laird, "I'll tell you what will be more destructive to Scotland, the flaughter spade." The instrument commonly made use for cutting turf, is known by that name. It is inconceivable how many acres of land have been destroyed by this instrument since the Union.