Carsphairn Archive

Blacksmith

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Gibson Stewart 1868 - 1948, Blacksmith

The earlier nineteenth century censuses show that there was a blacksmith at the leadmines at Woodhead but when they closed the blacksmith moved down to the village.

In the 1880s and 1890s the blacksmith was Sion Hooper, a Cornishman, who had originally come to seek work at the leadmines. Later Gibson Stewart became the blacksmith.

We have a collection of blacksmith's tools which have been donated.