The St. Cuthbert's Co-operative Society opened its first shop in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859 as a Consumers' co-operative. This society was part of the movement started by the Rochdale Pioneers in 1844, and followed the Rochdale Principles with the aim of providing decent food at affordable prices in a shop controlled by its customers as a co-operative. It took its name from Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.
It expanded to become one of the largest societies in the British co-operative movement, before amalgamating with the Dalziel Society of Motherwell in 1981 and being renamed Scotmid. Its dairy used horse drawn delivery floats until 1985, and between 1944 and 1959 employed, as a milkman, one Sean Connery who later became very famous.
- Scotmid History — Where it all Began
- From the Co-op with love.. the days Sir Sean earned £1 a week
- Photographs by Peter Stubbs - St Cuthbert's Co-op Milk Deliveries