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Subject: Coal & Iron Mining - Ayrshire
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 20:59:07, -0500

Hi Iain,
Good for you! I'd love to see it when you're done. Loads of
miners in my husband's Ayrshire Nisbet line.

Here's a snippet that may be of little or no use, but it's what
I have at hand. From Pictorial History of Dundonald, compiled
by Robert Kirk, published by Dundonald Burns Club in conjuntion
with Alloway Publishing, c1989. From pg 8:

Coal mining provided employment on a large scale from early in
the 19th Century. Coal pits were opened at Fairlie, Peatland,
Shewalton and Fortacres. Miners rows were built at Old Rome together
with a school and blacksmiths. All that now remains of Old Rome is
School House which has been converted into two cottages. The farm
of Old Rome was originally known as Pate's Hole but the name was
changed about the time of the demolition of the village of Old Rome.

Coal mining with alternate periods of depression and prosperity,
was never secure and poverty always close at hand. In 1852 the
Assistant Inspector of the Poor was instructed to take "Edward
Laurie, collier, lately residing in Old Rome to Glasgow and purchase
for him such things as he indipensably requires so that he might
be enabled to sail for America and the Parish relieved from the
of maintaining him as a pauper'.

Shewalton pit closed in 1955 and finally the last of the coal pits at

Newfield at Fortacres, closed in 1957, bringing to an end a long
history of coal mining in the Parish.


Bobbie Madison Hall - Chicago, usa

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