The SHOOTINg PARTY
In the mid-1970's I answered a London Evening Standard small ad seeking footmen to work the grouse season at a shooting lodge in Perthshire, Scotland. We were two footmen and a butler. Servants observed a strict heirarchy: housemaids worked mostly upstairs, our job was downstairs. At staff dinners, the butler and housekeeper sat at either end of the long dining table. No disrespect was allowed. Footmen were expected to wear livery on their duties, which were traditional: serving meals from early morning, washing up, polishing shoes, taking grouse for plucking. Farleyer took up to 14 visitors at a time for six days' shooting on its own moors.