the Shawl

the Shawl This Is A Scottish Family Saga Which Spans 5 Generations In The Early 19th Century Ireland S Weaving Mills Change From Cotton To Linen Production In Order To Develop His Weaving Career Henry Shields Moves To Crosslee, Scotland Promotion Follows When His Labour Of Love A Shawl Is Exhibited In Glasgow And Becomes An Heirloom When He Marries Agnes When Fire Rages Through The Mill The Family Move To Glasgow, Where King Cotton Reigns In The Mill Area Of Calton Consumption From Dusty Fibres Kills Weavers And Spinners In Their Prime While Children Die Young Due To Poverty And Bad Conditions The Only Third Generation Child To Survive Is Isabella Rejected By Her Mother Friends Donald And Flora Provide A Stable Home And Education For The Little Girl As She Grows Up Later Sixteen Year Old Isabella Has To Learn To Survive In The Real World As A Common Law Widow With Two Children Her Options Are Few Stewart, The Handsome Soldier, Offers Marriage Three Children Follow Before She Again Becomes A Widow With No Means Of Support And Destitute She Is Ordered To The Poorhouse For Child Neglect Contact With Her Three Youngest Children Is Restricted When They Are Fostered In Iona She Works Hard Towards Self Respect And The Reunion Of Her Family As WW1 Approaches, Her Teenage Sons Are Released From Care Into The Military She Now Dreads The Arrival Of A War Office Telegram Henry S Shawl Remains The Symbol Of Family Love And Unity.