Robert MacLeod (1876–1958), who became an entertainer after a mining accident ended his career. He wrote for music-hall performances at the Cowdenbeath Tivoli and sang round pubs and clubs, selling broadsheets to earn money, to help soup kitchens, disaster funds, war wounded and other needy causes. MacLeod lived through two World Wars, the 1926 Strike, the Great Depression, eight decades of colliery disasters, and he wrote ‘lest we forget’.
Folklorist Margaret Bennett interviewed Arthur for an oral history project, ‘The End of the Shift’, which inspired her to write the introduction, edit and annotate the collection. anks to Arthur Nevay, we can now enjoy MacLeod’s legacy.