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What happened to the people who were evicted from their
small plots of land? Some became farm labourers on the larger consolidated farms. Others
became "weavers in the village", that is
cottage hand-loom weavers. A significant number went to work in the large power mills in
Glasgow, Paisley and other centres. A great many, however, were
deprived of gainful employment and suffered into old age. Some did
quite well, particularly in the next generation.
In Cumnock Parish, Ayrshire, Lord Dumfries made an effort
to set up local industries in which to employ the local people.
I was favored with your Lordships Letter a few days since & should have
acknowledged it immediately but was from home when it arrived. It would make me extremely
happy was it in my power to assist your Lordship in promoting Trade & Industry in your
village of Cumnock, but I'm fearfull there is not a sufficient number of silk weavers to make it answer to open a WareHouse there. If your
Lordship comes to Paisley & will do me the Honor of a visit, shall be happy to
converse with you farther on this subject. I am much obliged by your Invitation to
Dumfries House, which would afford me much pleasure to accept was it in my power.
I am your Lordships most obedient humble servant
Paisley, Aug 27th 1784
The Scarboro Heights Record V11 #3