The author of The Parish
of Campsie thus writes of its visitation :
Cholera broke out in
Kirkintilloch on 22nd January, 1832. There was considerable difference
of opinion as to whether it was introduced there by a sailor suffering
from it, or through the medium of a cargo of horns, hoofs, woollen rags,
etc., from the Baltic, which was discharged at Hillhead, for the Hurlet
and Campsie Alum Company's works at Campsie for the manufacture of their
prussiates. It raged in Kirkintilloch with terrible virulence, about
forty deaths having taken place in the square formed by Moodies Land,
Townhead, Freeland Place, and the Canal Bank, or Luggie Bank Road.
It was attempted to draw
a sanitary cordon round Campsie, the roads were watched, and tramps or
vagrants were not permitted to enter, in case of bringing infection. So
rigidly was this carried out, that some families residing in
Kirkintilloch, but employed in Kincaid Printfield, were compelled either
to flit into Milton, or be excluded from entering the parish, and they
removed their dwelling-places accordingly. Notwithstanding all these
precautions, cholera broke out in Lennoxtown, but was confined to the
east end of the village.
The total number of cases
in Kirkintilloch was ninety-six, of these, sixty were cured; and there
died ten children, fourteen females, and twelve full-grown males.
Considering the sanitary
condition of the town at the time, this is not surprising, and besides,
medical knowledge of cholera and other diseases has made wonderful
progress since 1832.
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