Every community needed the services of water-powered meal mills to grind oats and barley. Some rivers supported several different kinds of mills, including those that powered saw-mills. From the earliest days, folk who worked on the land were closely connected with local mills.
Textile mills in Perthshire and Fife employed thousands of workers for every stage of the jute, linen, cotton and silk industries. Several workers tell what it was like to work in a mill, and recall the communities which depended on these industries.