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Burial Grounds – Calton


This burial ground was established by the Calton Incorporation of Weavers in 1787. It is also known as the Calton Weavers’ Cemetery though there are folk of many trades buried there. That year the weavers had gone on strike against the undercutting of their wages by cheap imported textiles. The troops were brought in and six of the strikers were shot dead.

The Glasgow Necropolis – Gordon’s Last Case


In 1800, the British parliament passed the Glasgow Police Act, establishing a professional police force for the city. Other Scottish cities and burghs followed suit, but Glasgow can lay claim to having the first modern municipal force.

Scots Overseas – Settlement Pioneers in Canada


The end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the growing industrialisation of the spinning and weaving trades resulted in high unemployment, particularly in Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. The government saw emigration as the solution, and offered assisted passages to Canada in 1820-1821. Emigration Societies were set up, and the first group arrived in 1820.