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The History of Saltcoats Scotland


The history of Saltcoats in Scotland is one of an ancient small town, settling its inhabitants as they all try to make their way with various livelihoods. The area known as Saltcoats is a sea-faring port. Around 170 years or so ago, the town had few settlers and the ones that were there started the name Salt-cots. This was due to their humble, small cots or cottages in which they lived and worked, salt making in kettles. The salt was made for a various number of reasons, one was it was used to cure and preserve fish that had been caught.

The people who live there, then and now, have always been a trade-laden town. Whether it was salt, coal or weaving then, or todays importing timber and exporting coal, trades seem to be what has predominantly been dealt with. There are a great number of people who work as weavers though agents and there are also dairy and agriculture farmers as well. The production of dairy products, wheat, oats and potatoes are considered quite a valuable commodity.

The town of Saltcoats is one that is alive with inhabitants that have been living there a very long time. Ancient streets lay claim to some of the oldest homes and buildings that have seen their share of many transitions and even tobacco, rum and whiskey smugglers. The streets are lined with old shops, office, churches and such. A great relaxing, lazy day of strolling around the small and meek town makes for an enjoyable, and educational, experience. Discoveries lie around every corner and there is much to be learned of the town’s past and people. Walking around Saltcoats you will notice that much of the concrete has different color variations, this is due to the salt crystals

Churches are abundant and line the streets, very much a part of Saltcoats past. Catholic churches and parishes are found quite frequently throughout the small sea-faring town. One church has even opened its doors today as a museum. It houses many local relics of the past. There were also a variety of craftsman within the small town such as blacksmiths, boot and shoemakers, makers of fine linen, wool and stonemasons. Watch and clock makers inhabit Saltcoats as well.

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