This morning I found my great uncle John Reid Willison’s birth certificate. On that was the date of my great grandparents marriage as well as my great grandfather’s occupation! I found the certificate at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
William Willison and Elizabeth Reid lived in Galston, Ayr, Scotland, were married in 1873 and William’s occupation was a Coal Pit Bottomer.
A pit bottomer worked at the bottom of the mine shaft and was responsible for loading and unloading the coal hutches into the lift.
I’m going to look some more at this Ayrshire History website now 🙂