in Methven, near Perth, Scotland - at the end of the 1830's

from Rhymes and Recollections of a Hand-Loom Weaver, 2nd edition, pages 32-35:

[Thom, his wife and three children were homeless and destitute following the closure of the mills in Dundee in 1837. He tries to earn money as a travelling bookseller]

[W]ere kept there [Perth] a few days by some old aquaintances, started thence towards Methven, sold little on the way thither, but were kindly treated by the workers at Huntingtower and Cromwell Park. The people there were themselves on limited work—indeed, many of them had none; yet they shared their little substance with those that had less. It is always so; but for the …   more >>

cite as

William Thom, Rhymes and Recollections of a Hand-Loom Weaver, 2nd edition (London, 1845), p. 32-35. accessed: 20 July, 2024

location of experience: Methven, near Perth, Scotland

Listening to

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'The flowers of the forest' performed by William Thom
Strathspeys performed by William Thom

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of the 1830's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


'The flowers of the forest' is an ancient Scottish folk tune commemorating the defeat of the Scottish army at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:31:24 +0100
Approved on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:01:04 +0100