I'm wondering if anyone has more information about the Banks family of Stevenston. I believe that I'm descended from a Charles Banks, a collier, who appears in the 1819 Landsborough lists.
I recently found the newspaper article below using Google, which seems to suggest that he was a key organiser of miner strikes throughout Ayrshire. it mentions that he is from Stevenston, and as he is the only Charles Banks in the 1819 list, I'm presuming it's the same one.
Can anyone help?
On Tuesday last, 18th instant, John Folhouse Wilson, a weaver at Westmuir, in the barony parish of Glasgow, and Charles Banks and James Hind, colliers at Stevenston, in Ayrshire, were brought from Irvine, in a post-chaise, escorted by the chief constable and a party of dragoons, and lodged in Ayr jail, on an accusation of organizing and heading an illegal combination of the colliers thronghout the country. These three persons, and about thirty other colliers from the different coalworks in the shire, were discovered convened together at an inn in Irvine, and the three, as the ring- leaders, were apprehended, and several papers connected with the combination seized. It appears that, for three or fotur months back, Wilson acted as clerk to an association of the colliers in the Lower Ward of Lanarkshire, and that that society having obtained a redress of grievances, he was employed to act in the same capacity to the Ayrshire colliers, receiving a stated sum weekly for his trouble. He accordingly came to Ayrshire about a month ago, and since then several meetings of deputies from various coal-works have been held at Stewarton, Stevenston, Kilmarnock, Dundonald, Jrvine, and Newvton, at all of which he acted as clerk, while Banks acted as preses. At these meetings reports on the state of wages given at the several collieries were made; minutes of the proceedings regularly kept; resolutions formed, and afterwards printed and distributed; anl petitions and letters of remonstrances, in consequence, presented to the several coal-masters. the whole were bound together by an oath, a part of which enjoined them to secrecy. The grievances complained of, we believe, were specially adapted to the different coal-works, but in general they were the un- proper employment of more hands than were necessary, too large measure taken,and rather small wages allowed. The leading resolution was either to have these grievances redressed by the 29th of this month, or, ill a body, to strike work; and, it was acted on in so far as presenting a written statement of their complaints to their masters the coliers at Newton have not wrout any since they presented their remonstrance, We have not heard whether the colliers at the other collieries are off work. After a precognition of the facts was taken by the Sheriff-Substitute and Procurator-Fiscal, the three persons above named were fully committed for trial.