William Kennedy, the second youngest of a family of four was brought up on a farm in Shropshire. After school and Agricultural College he worked his way up to becoming farm manager of the Cally Estate at Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire. He returned to the area after a spell abroad. William was lucky enough to be able to acquire a farm in a beautiful situation overlooking the Solway Firth, where he and his family live. His various business interests have all been broadly connected with agriculture, country sports and land management.

This book grew out of his interest in family and local history. His research led him to find a bigger story than merely rags to riches. He found these families and their connections linked in an exceptional way to many events that took place during the Victorian era.

The Highland Clearances have become one of the best known events of Scottish history. But, the movement of people from the south was equally disruptive, if not quite so dramatic in its execution.

This book chronicles the lives of members of four families from Galloway in South West Scotland, who left to better themselves. A brief introduction to the history of the Glenkens area of Galloway. An outline of the development of Manchester and the Lancashire cotton trade leads the reader through their early years in business. Eventual domination of the fine cotton spinning industry centred in that city.

It will appeal to those interested in the history of Galloway and the City of Manchester. As all the families, broadened by marriage and wealth, played a leading part in both places. Their lives spanned the 1745 rebellion, John Paul Jones’s raid on Scotland at Kirkcudbright. The Peninsular War culminating in the Battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. the American trade embargoes and Civil War.

The reminiscences of family members give a unique insight into life and travel in early Victorian times which, hitherto could only be found in private publications.

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