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Re: Help deciphering Full occupation from 1871 Census
« Reply #9 on: Friday 02 October 20 20:48 BST (UK) »
Sheepwalk = a tract of land for grazing sheep

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/sheepwalk

I've never heard of a sheepwalk before, but in the next village where I grew up, there used to be a "ropewalk", thus I presumed "sheepwalk was a narrow tract of land.

I found this:-

(plural sheepwalks) Land given to pasturing of sheep, smaller than a sheep-run.
Aberdeen: Findlay-Shirras,McCarthy<br />MidLothian: Mason,Telford,Darling,Cruikshanks,Bennett,Sime, Bell<br />Lanarks:Crum, Brown, MacKenzie,Cameron, Glen, Millar
Ross, Urray:Mackenzie<br />Moray: Findlay; Marshall/Marischell<br />Perthshire: Brown Ferguson<br />Wales: McCarthy, Thomas<br />England: Almond, Askin, Dodson, Harrison, Maw, McCarthy, Munford, Pye, Shearing, Smith, Smythe, Speight, Strike, Wallis/Wallace, Ward, Wells<br />Germany: Flamme,Ehlers, Bielstein, Germer, Mohlm, Reupke

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Re: Help deciphering Full occupation from 1871 Census
« Reply #10 on: Friday 02 October 20 20:54 BST (UK) »
Sheepwalk = a tract of land for grazing sheep

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/sheepwalk

I've never heard of a sheepwalk before, but in the next village where I grew up, there used to be a "ropewalk", thus I presumed "sheepwalk was a narrow tract of land.

I found this:-

(plural sheepwalks) Land given to pasturing of sheep, smaller than a sheep-run.

Given this "sheep walk" is 700 acres a sheep-run must be massive areas!

What i've found interesting is on the census prior his occupation is listed as being a miner, seems like quite a career change so would be intrested to find out what happed there. The next 3-4 generations all had at least one shepard/sheep farmer  amoung them so does seem to have become a family business.