Janet Hamilton

Janet Hamilton (1795 - 1873)
Engraving of Janet Hamilton
Janet Hamilton



Married at thirteen, mother of ten, self-taught in reading and writing (the latter in her 50s), by the time she died Janet Hamilton was the author of several books of poetry and essays. Never travelling farther than a few miles from her birthplace, her poems vividly bring to life the village of Langloan as it changed from being two rows of weavers' cottages to a place dominated by iron works, absorbed into the industrialised sprawl of Coatbridge. She illustrates the hard lives of the workers with great sympathy but without sentimentality, not sparing those who had succumbed to the evils of drink and slatternly behaviour. 

Poems by Janet Hamilton