Granny Robinson’s domestic service

My Gran, Mary Agnes Evelyn MUIR, married Edward ROBINSON in 1916 at the Sacred Heart in Lauriston, Edinburgh. Her Dad was a shoemaker, who had shops around town, but like many of her generation, she was in domestic service when she got married.

One of his shops was just along the road in William Street (its now Herbies sandwich shop – pic at bottom), so it was probably one of his customers who gave her a job.

Spookily, I moved to a new office, just before I started doing all this family history stuff, and had, unwittingly, walked past her old place of work a good few times. She was in service, in Walker Street, in the building pictured below. It’s the house with the black door, pictured below. She lived in, while in service, so one of those pokey wee windaes on the top floor would have been hers.

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Herbie West End sandwich shop


Hamilton miners: Woodmuir Colliery, West Lothian

A large number of the Bells and Hamiltons ended up working in the now derelict Woodmuir Colliery near Breich in West Lothian.

Thanks to the power of the internet, there is a selection of photos available here.

Here’s one of them, as an example;
Woodmuir CollieryIf you would like to see more about coal mining in the Lothians then I would heartily recommend “Mining The Lothians” by Guthrie Hutton, which you can get on Amazon.

If you want to know about shale mining, which is what the Hamiltons did before they dug for coal, then try “Shale Voices” by Alistair Findlay.  It’s also on Amazon, although not a particularly easy  read.  However, despite it being a huge industry, employing 10,000 people at its peak, it’s Scotland’s forgotten industry.