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    Leaving Scotland your homeland

    Why would people leave Aberdeenshire Scotland to work in Preston Lancaster in 1849/51

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    Unfortunately that's like asking 'how long is a piece of string'

    People travelled a lot further for work than we often think - for example one of mine travelled from Wales to England and then to the USA in the space of 9 years. It could be a family fall-out, it could be that he had family in Preston, he could have met a girl who lived in Preston, he could have thought there was better pay/prospects in Preston.

    You'll possibly never know, but I'd start by looking at the kind of work he did and then see if you can find out what was happening in both areas at that time. For the man from Wales I mentioned, I found newspaper stories about what was happening in his industry, which then made both of his moves entirely logical.

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    Travel was usually for work. Most of mine travelled from agricultural areas to working in the spinning and weaving of the industrial revolution.

    More money for one, even if dirty and hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caz589 View Post
    Why would people leave Aberdeenshire Scotland to work in Preston Lancaster in 1849/51
    My peeps left from the area near Aberdeen to go to Ontario in the mid-1850s. Not just one family. Not just the sibs in one family.

    Kinda like the multiple siblings on another branch of my family that left Cornwall to go to work in the mines in Wisconsin.
    Last edited by PhotoFamily; 21-10-19 at 02:44.

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    They should be on the census? can you not see the occupation? and also their neighbours? Also see what relatives were doing back home?

    I have a lot of movement in those times in my family, some of it was due to the railways.

    I do also wonder if the newspapers were more widely distributed due to the railways so people got to know more what was going on. A lot of my family went to Aus and went on assisted passages, these were advertised in the papers, but for all I know people may have gone to villages/towns and actively recruited.
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    have you found these sites:
    https://shanklyhotel.com/preston/blo...ton-history-2/

    https://www.blogpreston.co.uk/presto...ry-of-preston/

    this has quite in depth history of Britain, but somehow lengthy and dry! but I often skim through it for various towns:
    https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vc.../vol7/pp91-105
    Carolyn

    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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    1849/1851 was at the very end of the Highland clearances and also there were agricultural problems which may have had an impact on the matter.
    https://www.britannica.com/event/Highland-Clearances

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    Below taken from Ancestry DNA Timeline for Scottish Highlands & Islands...

    1825–1850
    Famine Hits the Highlands
    The Church of Scotland split in 1843, leading to the creation of the Free Church, which was particularly strong in Highland areas. Famine was no stranger in the Highlands, but the potato blight that swept Europe in the 1840s hit especially hard. Many Highlanders depended on their potato crops, and when they failed in 1846, followed by a harsh winter, famine and deaths followed. The Free Church, relief committees in the Lowlands, and the government provided some relief, so the Highlanders did not suffer as much as the Irish. Still, migration to the Lowlands, England, and overseas all increased.
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    The Ribble Valley around Preston was a great cotton Manufacturing area so maybe that attracted, particularly if your family were weavers. Home industry like weaving did not give the sort of financial reward that factories gave.
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    Last edited by Janet; 22-10-19 at 21:10.

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