- James was a hard-working farmer, who was a champion ploughman and cattle breeder.
- Bill, who died following a long illness was a black smith by trade and an expert ploughman who won many ploughing competitions at county level as well as the All Ireland Ploughing Championship in Limerick in 1948.
- Even the senior ploughmen found the grassland difficult enough to get the depth.
- Often listed with the number of ploughs, it has been assumed that most would have worked as ploughmen, domestic servants and dairymaids.
- With few marketable skills or capital upon their arrival, Irish men secured only a tenuous foothold in the province's secondary labour market, working as labourers, harvesters, ploughmen and general farm hands.
- Taller than either Walter or Johen, and very thin, he did not look like Walter's mental image of a plowman, especially not one coming from a northern county.
- An earlier agricultural contest, the ploughing match, tested both the ploughman's skill and the plough's efficiency.
- In their heyday in the Victorian era, these powerhouses of energy could plough 20 times faster than a horse-drawn ploughman and his team and were transported from farm to farm.
- In, say, 12 th-century France, the ox behind which a man plowed a field changed, but otherwise the plowman was doing what generations of his ancestors had done and what generations of his descendants would do.
- In fact, a sizeable number was left behind, including the poorest inhabitants of the land such as vinedressers, ploughmen, and artisans.