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.
In “Gardening in Victorian Dunfermline” Sue Mowat extends her series of articles on life in Dunfermline with an engaging look at the activities of the many gardeners in Dunfermline, partly through press reports on the four gardening societies which were then in existence.
In “Shopping for the Home in Victorian Dunfermline“, the third of her articles on shopping, Sue Mowat gives us a vivid insight into the home lives of a wide range of our predecessors in the town, as well as a description of the many shops and businesses which catered for their increasing prosperity.
In his latest article on Dunfermline’s industrial past, John Goodall & Co Ltd, George Beattie presents the history of a firm which started in the 1860’s with a horse and carriage, grew into a leading carriage hiring business and then made a successful transition to hiring and selling motor vehicles. As always, George’s article is illustrated with a marvelous selection of historic photographs.
In the second of her articles on shopping in Victorian times, Sue Mowat describes the wide range of tailors, milliners, boot-makers and others trading in Dunfermline in the 1860s.