employed large numbers in the jute and textile industries. Local flax
was orginally used to produce linen in the town, but as the flax became
scarce it was replaced by jute.
Dundee's Jute families - low quality (modem)
Dundee's Jute families - high quality (ISDN)
industry employing great numbers of Dundonians eventually fell into decline,
with the once flourishing jute mills being transformed into new developments
for the city.
of factory life
to Women O' Dundee - by Sheena Wellington
This song about the women working in the jute factories describes
the exhausting hours spent on the machines. Despite the poor health conditions,
the spirit of the Dundee women never floundered.
of lyrics from 'Women O' Dundee'
Now the rhythm
o their livin was the clackin o the laims. Their youth an health an strength
was lost tae jait. But the weavers and the spinners and the winders O
Dundee. Had a spirit that the hard times never bait.
And the wailin o the bummer and the clackin o the laims brocht the women
o Dundee oot o their bed. And they walked tae mills and factories and
they rocht fae seevin ta fehv. And the women kept the bairns O Dundee
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