Scottish Mining Villages

Children’s Employment Commission 1842

West of Scotland

Extracts from the Report to the Children’s Employment Commission on the West of Scotland District by Thomas Tancred can be found here.

Evidence given by individuals can be found on the following pages:

  • Glasgow, Bridewell, Govan Iron-works, Govan Colliery, Clyde Ironworks & Knightswood Colliery (Dumbartonshire)
  • Gartsherrie Iron Works and Collieries
  • Rochsolloch Ironstone Pits
  • Dundyvan Iron works.
  • Airdrie
  • Monkland Iron Company’s Works
  • Shotts
  • Hurlet Colliery, Thornhill, Irvine, Stevenston, Gatehead, Kilmarnock, Ayr Colliery, Crook’s Moss Pit, Ayr

East of Scotland

Evidence from the Report to the Children’s Employment Commission on the East of Scotland District by Robert Franks can be found on the following pages.  Names of those who gave evidence are summarised here.



Mid Lothian

  • Sheriff-Hall & Somerside, Edmonstone, Dalkeith, East & West Bryants
  • Loanhead Colliery, Dryden Colliery, New Craig-Hall, Rosewell & Barley Dean
  • Arniston, Vogrie, Edgehead, Preston- Hall, Haugh Lynn, Bearing Pits, Harlaw Muir, Coaly Burn

East Lothian

  • Penston Colliery, Elphingston Colliery, Pencaitland Colliery, Blindwells, St. Germains, Bearing Pit
  • Tranent Colliery, Prestonlinks Colliery

West Lothian

  • Hard Hill Colliery; Baubauchlaw Colliery; Collinshield Colliery; Crofthead Iron-Stone Pits; Shotts Company, Green Burn Pits, Iron and Coal; Polkemmet Colliery, Ballenerief Colliery, Kipps Colliery, Preistinch Colliery, Bo’ness Colliery

Stirlingshire & Dumbartonshire

  • Redding Collieries, Stoney Rigg (parish of Polmont), Glen-End and Somerhouse Collieries (parishes of Polmont & Muiravonside) Carron Company’s Coal & Iron-stone Mines (Falkirk, Larbert and Bothkenner), Carron Foundry, Falkirk Iron Company, Grahamston, Bantaskine & Callendar Colliery (Falkirk)
  • Banknock Colliery Still Colliery, Haggs, in the parish of Denny, Banton Ironstone Mines,Townhead and Ironbrae Collieries, parish of Kilsyth, Hirse or Netherwood Colliery, parish of Cumbernauld, Stronne Colliery, parish of Kirkintilloch, Plean Colliery and Auchinbowie Colliery, parish of St. Ninians, Bannockburn and Greenyards Collieries, parish of St. Ninians

Clackmannanshire & Perthshire

  • Alloa Colliery; Clackmannan Colliery, parish of Clackmannan; Aberdona Colliery, parish of Clackmannan
  • Devon Collieries & Ironstone Pits, Clackmannanshire and Perthshire; Ironstone Pits, Vicars Bridge, parish of Fossaway; Woodlands & Devonside Collieries, parish of Tillicoutry; Sheardale Colliery, parish of Dollar; Middletown Colliery, parish of Muchart; Blairengone Colliery, parish of Fossaway; Castle Bigg Colliery, parish of Fosaway; Brucefield Colliery, parish of Tulliallan

West Fife

  • Torry or Inzievar Colliery, Elgin Colliery, Wellwood Colliery, Townhill and Appin Colliery, Fordel Colliery, Crossgates Colliery, Hill of Beath Colliery, Donibristle and Dundonald Collieries

Kirkcaldy District

  • Clunie Colliery, Capledrae Colliery, Lochgellie, Cattle-Hill, and Dean-Pit Collieries, Lumphinnin’s Colliery [sic], Donnikier Colliery [sic], Wemyss Colliery, Dysart Colliery, Thornton Colliery, Balbirnie Colliery, Largo Ward Colliery

East Fife

  • Drumcarra


  • Report on diseases of collier population

Lead Mines

  • Report by Joseph Fletcher Esq. on the employment of children and young persons in the lead-mines in the counties of Lanark and Dumfries

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