Irvine's Clothes Designers And Garment Makers
THE TAILORS MADE UP THE COARSE WOOLLEN CLOTH AND PLAIDING WOVEN BY THE WABSTERS OF THE TOWN. IRVINE, BUSTLING AND EVER GROWING PROVIDED PLENTY OF WORK.
However as early as 1606 there were complaints about unfree TAILORS and who traded illegally at Irvine market. In 1791 there were 27 TAILORS working in the town.
The TAILORS, like all of the trades, sought the improvement of pay and working conditions which could only come through Parliamentary reform. On the 10th August 1832, despite the outbreak of cholera, Irvine had a day rejoicing to celebrate the passing of the REFORM BILL which extended voting rights and introduced burgh elections. The TAILORS and WEAVERS joined in with gusto. In the procession two members represented Adam and Eve, naked apart from leather aprons painted with fig leaves.
By 1908 the DEACON representing the TAILORS at the Annual Function was a DRAPER. were still TAILORS and DRAPERS in business.