mining has existed in Scotland since the 12th century. The development of the
steam engine by James Watt in the 18th century began to increase demand for coal.
Railway development in the 19th century increased demand for coal further and
mines therefore had to be dug deeper.
This site uses a variety of source
material taken from the participating archives of the Scottish Archive Network.
It is aimed mainly at the Standard Grade History unit, Changing Life in Scotland
and Britain, Context B: 1830s-1930s.
The digital production of the image on the left side of this
page was supported through grant aid from the New Opportunities
Fund. This asset is stored on the SCRAN system at www.scran.ac.uk
(contact 0131 662 1211; email@example.com. SCRAN is a registered