List of scottish coal mines
A Place Called Freedom by Ken FollettForget team Edward or team Jacob--
When I picked up this book it was only because I dissolve into the pages of every Ken Follett book I read.
Follett took me back in time to Scotland and I was that girl working in the mines six days a week. I felt the burn of the leather strap that pressed against my forehead as I dragged a load too heavy for my small frame to bear, not giving in to the danger, the fear, the exhaustion.
Then he introduced me to Mac McAsh and I fell deeply in love. He is also from the mines and carries himself with a Moses-like presence, you know the part of the movie when he grabs the task-masters whip and saves the woman he does not yet know to be his mother. That is the feeling of who Mac is. That is the essence of Mac who never submitted to the life of servitude he was born into. He struggles for the right to live as a free man.
I traveled with him to London, to the new world, and ultimately to a Place Called Freedom.
I dont understand how Follett does it, but he in so few words creates vivid worlds of texture and smell, of pain and pleasure. He brings the reader into these worlds and delivers.
I adored this book!
Scotland's secret tunnel under the Forth, 50 years old and forgotten
Scotland loves a bridge. And this year it is dedicating a festival to three historic spans over the Firth of Forth: one old, one new and a third that is well into middle-age. The Forth Bridges Festival , part of the Year of Homecoming , is occasioned by the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road bridge — a worthy milestone that falls just a week or so short of the independence referendum. But this year sees the 50th anniversary of an equally remarkable passage from the Lothians to Fife that has been almost entirely forgotten. On 30 April another Forth crossing was opened up — metres below the sea, when miners from the Kinneil colliery on the south side of the Forth broke through a tunnel to meet their co-workers from the Valleyfield colliery in Fife.
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IT WAS dark and dangerous work but was the lifeblood of hundreds of communities across Scotland for generations. Coal was the fuel of the Industrial Revolution and in a world without central heating it also kept people warm.
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During the industrial revolution of the 19th and early 20th centuries, coal mining was one of the UK's main industries. By the time of the census, there were over 3, mines employing over 1. Wales had the largest coal mining percentage, with 1 in 10 people identifying an occupation in the coal mining industry. Begin your research into coal mining ancestors by locating the village in which they lived and using that information to identify the local collieries in which they may have worked. If employee or worker records have survived, your best bet is generally the local Record Office or Archives Service.
Scottish Mines. Coal has been central to the story of Scotland over much of the past two centuries. A chance of geology meant that a large part of the heart of the country was home to a series of rich coalfields extending from Ayrshire in the south west through Lanarkshire, the Lothians, Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Fife. In the 17th and 18th centuries, coal miners in Scotland, and their families, were bound to the colliery in which they worked and the service of its owner. This bondage was set into law by an Act of Parliament in , which ordained that "no person should fee, hire or conduce and salters, colliers or coal bearers without a written authority from the master whom they had last served".