Further title 'with Brief Histories of the Martyrs and Covenanters of Fenwick, the Secession Church, and the Weaver's Society'.
Hardback with dark green cloth boards and gilt lettering, in VGC; internally the biding is a bit loose. Bookplate signed by Fowlds to Mr J. Murdoch. B&W illustrations.
This is a most interesting history, not only of its main character, but also of The Martyrs & Covenanters of Fenwick, the Seccession Church in Fenwick, The Weavers` Society, Reminiscences of the Family & Others, Old Documents, Three Memorable Occasions, The Closing Scenes of Matthew Fowlds life; The book also includes an Appendix - Genealogical Notes, In Memorium, Centenary Congratulations, New Zealand Tributes, Letters of Sympathy & Condolence, Greystone Knowe and New Zealand.; In 1761, several weavers & apprentices founded the world`s first Co-operative store, as well as a form of a credit union; This charter of their signing resulted in a global movement that boasts millions of members worldwide today; The 250th Anniversary was recently celebrated in the Ayrshire village of Fenwick, in March 2011; For fully a hundred years Matthew Fowlds lived and wrought in the Parish of Fenwick, and for the greater part of that time, he was one of the best known and most highly respected men in the countryside; After his death in 1907, it was felt by many of his relatives and friends that some permanent memorial of his long and useful life was an object worthy of being undertaken; Arrangements were therefore made to secure from various friends and relatives, contributions in the nature of reminiscences of the old man, and articles dealing with matters associated more or less intimately with his history; The result of these efforts is this memorial volume; The book is in wonderful condition considering its age & its likely world-wide travels; It is very fully illustrated by photographs, maps & exceptional drawings by the illustrator, Nellie B. Workman; The connection with New Zealand is strong and includes, in the book, the names of some of the pioneer emigrants from the small parish of Fenwick, Scotland, who crossed the world to settle & work in New Zealand all these years ago; These names include - Dickie from Gainhill, Watts from Glenleitch, Muir from Skerieland, Dunlop of Highfield, Currie of Blair, Findlay of Grassyard, Galts & Boyds of High Fenwick, Brown, Young, McKerrow, Gemmell, Dunlop of Midland & Bringan, Craig & Picken of Glassock, and Dalziel of Crawfurdland Mains.