I have been taking my daily exercise by cycling around the Carse of Lecropt. In doing so I noticed a track to a copse of trees. This was once the track to the farm of Moss.
Pastmap confirms that “nothing now appears to remain of Moss Farm. Presumably it was demolished, along with Cottonhaugh as a result of the building of the M9 Stirling Bypass”.
Moss farm sat not far from the confluence of the River Forth and River Teith, yet so little of it’s history has flowed into the archives. All that I have been able to establish is that it was tenanted by the Glass family for over 40 years:
When exploring the copse of trees, where the farmhouse and ancillary buildings once stood, I came across a number of clay pipes emerging from the woodland floor. These auld field drains were heavily covered in moss:
I recalled that I had read that the Carse soil had required extensive draining in the 18th century:
Not so long ago I made this film about Lord Kames after visiting his memorial at Blair Drummond:
Our home, Mossgrove, was originally called Moss cottage. We have often joked that it was appropriately named because our garden is very good at growing moss! Indeed, in a way, it could be considered as a “moss farm”.