William Thom in Errol, Carse of Gowrie - in the beginning of 1837

from Rhymes and Recollections of a Hand-Loom Weaver, 2nd edition, pages 21; 28; 30-31:

[Thom gives a harrowing account of walking for days in search of lodgings and food with his wife and four children, his infant daughter Jeanie dying of starvation and exposure en route, following the closure in 1837 of thousands of mills in Dundee because of economic depression]

Amongst the many villages thus trade-stricken, none felt the blow more severely than that of Newtyle, near Cupar-Angus [east-central Scotland where the Thom family had been living].


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cite as

William Thom, Rhymes and Recollections of a Hand-Loom Weaver, 2nd edition (London, 1845), p. 21; 28; 30-31. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1524244678555 accessed: 25 July, 2024

location of experience: Errol, Carse of Gowrie


William Thom
handloom weaver, Poet

Listening to

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'Light of other days'

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of 1837
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public


'Light of other days' was a popular ballad, words by the Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852).

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:17:59 +0100
Approved on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:02:32 +0100