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Barrhead

David Lee McMullen

in Strike!

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034867
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034867.003.0002
Barrhead

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This chapter focuses on the life and developments at Barrhead, Ellen Dawson's birthplace. One of Scotland's earliest industrial towns, Barrhead emerged in 1780 through a partnership of merchants from nearby Glasgow and the more distant Lancashire in England. In the eighteenth century water was the primary source of industrial power, and for that reason the partnership built a cotton mill on the river Levern, creating a new town for the mill workers. In 1827, the Glasgow Free Press noted how rapidly the village was transformed during the following decades.

Keywords: Barrhead; birthplace; industrial town; mill workers; Ellen Dawson; Glasgow metropolitan area

Chapter.  4747 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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