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1841 Selkirk Census Abbreviation
« on: Friday 06 December 13 10:00 GMT (UK) »
I have found my ancestor Catherine Romanes (nee Hope) on the 1841 Census transcription. She is a widow with five children. Catherine is listed as a Pauper. The eldest four children are aged from seven to thirteen years. Their occupation shows as P L W. What does this mean? The majority of my Selkirk ancestors work in the woollen mills. 
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Webb Hampshire & South Berkshire
Edmund Webb 1828 - 1901

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Re: 1841 Selkirk Census Abbreviation
« Reply #1 on: Friday 06 December 13 10:08 GMT (UK) »
Hi

I think it's Power Loom Weaver and H L W is hand loom weaver


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Re: 1841 Selkirk Census Abbreviation
« Reply #2 on: Friday 06 December 13 10:12 GMT (UK) »
Here we are, a link to 1841 Scottish Census abbreviations/instructions:

http://www.talkingscot.com/censuses/census-1841.htm
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« Reply #3 on: Friday 06 December 13 10:16 GMT (UK) »
Thank you both. So, it does look like a seven year old was working in the mill.
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Re: 1841 Selkirk Census Abbreviation
« Reply #4 on: Friday 06 December 13 10:18 GMT (UK) »
Yes - it was fairly common for children that young to work in those days - some of mine were in coal mines  :'(


PS - lots of info on child labour  and Industrial Revolution if you Google
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« Reply #5 on: Friday 06 December 13 10:20 GMT (UK) »
It is frightening to think of such young children doing those jobs. I have saved the link for when I trace the rest of the family.
Wills Isle of Wight
Webb Hampshire & South Berkshire
Edmund Webb 1828 - 1901