300 YEARS OF A MIDLOTHIAN MINING FAMILY

 

ADAMSROW, a village, in the parish of Newton, county of Edinburgh, containing 249 inhabitants.  (From: A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1846), Samuel Lewis).

This photograph of Adamsrow was taken shortly before the Great War, probably on a Sunday, judging by the clothes.  The "village", which was never more than a Miners' Row, was demolished during the construction of Monktonhall Colliery, in 1953, and Millerhill railway marshalling yards, in 1957.

     

 Adamsrow was built around 1792, on the site of a small settlement known as Cuffabout.

   

 

 

Most of the surrounding villages were also mining communities. (Pits marked in red).

 

(This map reproduced by kind permission of Albert Russell http://www.hoodfamily.info/  )

   

 

The village was cut in two by the Edinburgh-Hawick Railway, in 1849.
Around 8 cottages were demolished.