In “The Auld Weavers’ Drive” Jean Barclay tells us how the elderly, former handloom weavers of Dunfermline were treated to an annual outing. Hundreds of men and women were taken by fleets of horse drawn carriages for visits to “big houses” around Fife.
This fascinating article gives us all sorts of insights into life and social attitudes one hundred years ago.
In the fifth of our series of Tales from the Kirk Session, Jean Barclay recounts the stories of two kirk elders from the 1720’s who each got into trouble themselves. One was dealt with swiftly by Robert Ferguson’s case was more complicated. The tale unfolds in “Elders with Feet of Clay“.
Adam Westwood was a local painter who has left us some beautiful images of Dunfermline in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In “Adam Westwood, Dunfermline Artist (1844 – 1924)” Jean Barclay gives us a concise summary of his life and work illustrated with some rarely seen examples of his work.
In the latest in our series Tales from the Kirk Session, Elaine Campbell tells the story of a case of “flagrant and scandalous behaviour” from 1752 where the witnesses were able to testify based on having had a very clear view of the events. Read more in “The Affair of the Holes in the Floor“.
In the next in our “Tales from the Kirk Session” series, Jean Barclay describes the very slow re-emergence of Christmas after the Reformation. “The Kirk that Stole Christmas” describes these changes, from the attempted abolition of the holiday by the Kirk in the sixteenth century, right up to the establishment of the Public Holiday in 1958.