In 1841 my granddad Wyllie's grandmother, Ann Cranston, was 12 years old and employed as a farm servant on a farm called Blackside near Muirkirk. We found the farm and found that the house is still there. We measured the distance from the town and it's more than two miles, and we tried to imagine Ann walking that distance or hitching a ride in a farm cart.
And we also tried to imagine her being so far from her family who were living even further away in a little iron-mining village called Glenbuck. Glenbuck no longer exists because it's been devoured by the mine.
In the next few years the Cranstons moved into Muirkirk and Ann's father and her brothers worked in the iron mills - Muirkirk was a very busy mining town in the 1800s. Not any more, but the evidence of the industrial past is still there.