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The Scottish Salt Industry, 1570-1850: An…

The Scottish Salt Industry, 1570-1850: An Economic and Social History

by Christopher A. Whatley

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The Scottish salt industry has not until now been the subject of serious investigation. It has been overshadowed by coal mining, with which it was closely linked. Salt was not always the junior partner. The first documentary indications of large-scale production in Scotland come from the twelfth century. The golden age of salt manufacturing began in the 1570s. A patchy prosperity was maintained until the 1820s and the industry disappeared in 1959 when the Prestonpans saltworks was closed down. Dr Whatley describes and accounts for the industry's fortunes from the end of the sixteenth to the middle of the nineteenth century. He also describes the range of techniques employed to manufacture salt. He studies the business of sales and distribution, and the politics of the salt industry both within Scotland and internationally. He traces the relationship between the salt and the coal industries, in both of which, for the workers, there was heavy labour but working conditions were frequently less miserable than has been supposed. In this deeply researched and very interesting account, Dr Whatley shows clearly how important salt was for many years in the daily life and the national economy of Scotland.

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