Irvine's Manufacturers Of Course Woollen Cloth
THE WEAVERS OF IRVINE ORIGINALLY WOVE COARSE WOOLLEN CLOTH AND PLAIDINGAND WORKED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TAILORS. AS EARLY AS 1606 THERE WERE COMPLAINTS ABOUT UNFREE WEAVERS WORKING IN THE TOWN
By the end of the 18th century cotton weaving became Scotland’s main industry. In Irvine there were handloom weavers of muslin in Burns Street and in Cotton Row. In 1790 spinning jennies were installed in another workshop employing 80 hands and there were another two small factories employing 50 people each on the outskirts of town. At this time there were estimated to be 116 weavers working in wool or flax.
Retired Member of Parliament after serving from 1992 till 2015.
I was introduced into the Trades in about 1993 when I spoke at the Annual Wee Pie and have served as Deacon for nearly two years since 2016
Brian Donohoe. Deacon of the Weavers.