An article appeared in the Herald Newspaper on Tuesday 18th September 2018 about the decline of exhausted pits and the perks offered to miners if they will willing to move to the new coalfields of Eastern Scotland during the mid 20th Century.
One such uneconomic pit was Priory, pictured here in 1948 in the article. I was pleased to see the newspaper referencing ‘Blantyre Project’ website too.
Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:
John Cornfield On my mother’s side of the family we’ve got relatives who definitely moved East up to Fife to. Work in the pits
Stuart Oneil Aye john. My grandas brother peter murphy moved through there.his daughter married a guy and they moved to high valleyfield.charlie charnooskie was his name
Stuart Oneil Small world john.the miners were all close knit.my granda worked at dixons.i remember going through to high valleyfield as a wee boy visiting my relatives
Stuart Oneil Some of my mothers side moved through to valleyfield and rosyth area
Blantyre Project I recently found out that my great grandfather lived at Priory Rows. I need to research a lot more about my family’s mining heritage in Blantyre.
Wendy Wilson My Grandpa, Gran, Dad & Uncle all moved to Fife I think in the 1930s. I am sure it was High Valleyfield because I remember my Dad saying it was near Culross. My Gran hated it though & they moved back to Lanarkshire.
Mary Dalton I think my mum and dad moved to Fife around 1949 /50 wullie O’Neil lived in glenrothes
Jeanette Turvey my grandad and gran moved to Fife in the 1950s my pop worked in the pit at Comrie they lived in Oakley my gran didn’t like it and never really unpacked
Jeanette Turvey John and Elizabeth Lamond
Marian Maguire If they got a perk getting there furniture moved it was the only perk. Working for practically nothing, health and safety some hope.
Frances Reid my mothers relations moved to High Valleyfield x