Village life in 1750

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Village life in 1750

Post by berryorr » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:42 pm

I have ancestors who lived in Houston and Killellan during the 1750's- but I have no idea what their occupation might have been. Could someone tell me what industry/occupations were in H&K in the 1750's? How large was the village? What was the most likely livelihood? Is there any way to find out what their job might have been?
Thanks for any assistance...

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Re: Village life in 1750

Post by Hibee » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:07 pm


If you go here.........

....and set Year= "1841", Census Place= "Houston & Killellan", Sex= "Male"

You will see that there were 1293 males, (there were 1522 females, so the total population was just over 2800), and you can get an idea of the occupations by scrolling down the menfolk. Mostly Agricultural Labourers.

Adam(s): Newton, Midlothian
Brock: Orkney/Leith
Bridges: Leith
Sweeney: Ireland/Leith
Brown: Edinburgh/Hamilton

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Re: Village life in 1750

Post by LesleyB » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:47 pm

Also try the Statistical accounts for the 1790s which should give a good overview of the area:
- click Browse Scanned pages link

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Re: Village life in 1750

Post by kennethm » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:30 pm


You could also read "A General Description of the Shire of Renfrew" by George Crawfurd - orogianlly published in 1710 and brought up to date in 1818 by Geo. Robertson.

You'll be able to download a digital copy of the book from Google Books at: ... &q&f=false

Hope this is useful.


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Re: Village life in 1750

Post by valerie kenny » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:27 am

i have young relatives that lived in muttonhole crammond edinburgh all i can find is that is was near granton would they be fishermen no mention of occupations i had never heard of muttonhole and see no reminder of it in and around crammond.

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Re: Village life in 1750

Post by Russell » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:01 am

Hi Valerie
Just noticed your post before I headed off to bed. I wondered at first if it was a corruption of Monktonhall which is near Musselburgh but on this 1832 map Muttonhole is just East of Cramond (top left corner of the map) ... 25&mid=465
There is a Soutar Hole on the sheet to the West which includes Cramond.

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Re: Village life in 1750

Post by AndrewP » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:52 am

Hi Valerie,

According to the S1DavidsonsMains website, Muttonhole was the old name for the village that became Davidson's Mains, in the parish of Cramond. Muttonhole, like Granton would be described as in the landward part of Cramond parish - the part outwith Cramond village.

See ... mains.html

Muttonhole can be seen on the following map.

Farming and quarrying both took place in the area, as well as the normal 'village' jobs.

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Re: Village life in 1750

Post by Beckenham1 » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:05 am

Here is a book:

Robert Brown (2000). Life in North West Edinburgh 1900-2000: Muttonhole, at the hub of the former greater parish of Cramond. Edinburgh: Pillans & Wilson.

and a link ... =8-2-fkmr2

Regards, Jim

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Re: Village life in 1750

Post by valerie kenny » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:51 am

hi jim, thanks for the info on the book will defo have a look at it. val

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