Cheers for the links etc so far. I'll check them all out.
Some of what you guys are saying ties in with the stories I remember my family talking about over the years. Although on my grandma's birth cert it states she was born in a cottage in Inverurie, I'm sure I heard that she did spend a bit of time living in tents etc. before moving into a farm to work as a farmers servent just before the war (which seemed quite common for them looking at the other relatives birth and wedding certs).
Also, a few cracking 'spooky stories' (as we called them as kids) were passed down. They seemed very much into there ghost and goul type stories!
Gonna need to try and track down some older birth certs to see how ingrained this way of life was for them..