Work

Everyday life in the community revolved around several main themes: work, school and church. The following pages look at work in particular and what sort of employment was available for people many years ago in the areas now making up East Renfrewshire.

Many of the towns and villages started off life as small groups of farmhouses with farming and agriculture as the main source of employment. The populations of these tiny villages were very small. The introduction of industry, particularly the cotton mills and printworks caused the most significant change to working life and the growth of communities as a whole. Other occupations included: labouring at the cement works, mining in the quarries, working in local shops, and working for some of the major local employers, such as: Shanks & Co, Giffnock colliery, Busby Gas Works, Orchard Lime Mine, Mr & Mrs Yuille's tile works.