Scottish 'collier serfs', British coal workers? Aspects of Scottish collier society in the eighteenth century

Whatley, Christopher A.
September 1995
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Fall95, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p66
Academic Journal
The article examines whether Scottish colliery workers in the eighteenth century were really that 'different' from the rest of the laboring class in Scotland, or from coal workers in other parts of Great Britain. It argues that the significance of legal servitude in Scotland has been greatly exaggerated. The older depictions of Scottish coal workers as a social 'caste apart' have much less substance than has been assumed. In many respects, the life experiences of coal workers in Scotland were little different from their counterparts in other coal mining regions in Great Britain.


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