Category: Georgian

Cholera!

It was the day before Christmas Eve in 1831 when Cholera first hit Scotland. Known as the pestilence (or the “pest”, which my grandmother used to call me), it spread quickly throughout the west of Scotland – the area worst affected by far. In Glasgow, over 3,000 souls would lose their life, Paisley 450, and

Burking and the Paisley Cholera Riots

We looked at the crowded, unhealthy living conditions of the poor in West Kilbride during the 1820’s – here. In 1826 the Liverpool Mercury reported the curious case of 33 dead bodies that had been found covered in salt and ready for shipment to a surgeon in Edinburgh. The bodies had been removed from graves

West Kilbride in the 1820’s

Life was generally not good in West Kilbride at the start of the 19th Century. More than half of the village lived in squalid, cramped conditions in tenement buildings on the now vacant King’s Arms Car Park. Between 1795 when the rather romantic picturesque village was described by the Rev Oughterson, until 1832 when Cholera