The Work Journals of William Dickson, Wright at Cockenzie (1717-1745): The Man Who Helped Build Scotland’s First Railway

Ed Bethune (Editor), Aaron Allen (Editor), Annie Rayner (Editor), Gary Donaldson (Editor), Alan Braby (Illustrator)

Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

Abstract / Description of output

This book arises from the researches of the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group into the archaeology and history of a wooden wagonway that ran from the coal mines of Tranent to the harbour and salt pans of Cockenzie and Port Seton and dates to the first half of the eighteenth century. It is an important aspect of the local area’s heritage and Scotland’s early industrialisation. In exploring what records were held relating to the wagonway, Group members discovered a description of the ‘Journals of William Dickson’ in the National Records of Scotland’s digital catalogue and undertook to transcribe them, releasing a wealth of information relating to the research in which the 1722 Waggonway Heritage Group was concerned. William Dickson was a carpenter and joiner by trade, and his journals, or day books, list his time spent and materials used and give some picture of the society in which he moved and worked. The Scottish Record Society is publishing the Group’s transcription of the Journals to coincide with the 300th anniversary of William Dickson’s work on Scotland’s first railway.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherScottish Record Society
Number of pages270
ISBN (Print)9780902054738
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameNew Series
PublisherScottish Record Society
ISSN (Print)0143-9448

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Waggonway
  • Railway
  • Cockenzie
  • Tranent
  • Coal
  • Mining
  • Salt
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Eighteenth Century
  • Glass
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Economic and Social History


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