Joshua Rose is a bachelor farmer who lives on the outskirts of Clane, beside the castle wall. He recalls his father’s origins in Edenderry, and his purchase of lands at Clane from the Cooper family, who were Quakers. The Cooper family had an annual tradition of erecting a tent in the haggard at the farm, for use as a place of prayer and Christenings at the well by the Quakers. One of Joshua Rose’s earliest memories is of watching soldiers from the Army standing on a lorry-load of turf in Maynooth as they threw the sods down to the local womenfolk who gathered them in their aprons, during the Emergency Period. The great changes which have come about in farming practices over the last couple of generations is discussed, as is the reclamation of land, local placenames and their meanings.