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The Story of Weaving and Textiles in Crieff

If it wasna for the weavers , what would you do ? Ye wouldna hae your cloth that’s made o woo Ye wouldna hae your cloak neither black nor blue If it wasna for the wark o the weavers !

Linen had been a major industry in Scotland for hundreds of years; by 1684 an estimated 12,000 people were employed its manufacture. The industry was stimulated by an Act of Parliament of 1686 stipulating that everyone had to be buried in linen winding sheets made from materials which had been grown, spun and woven in Scotland. Further stimulus came from the Act of 1748 prohibiting the importing or wearing of French cambrics, "under severe penalties"; and that of 1751 which allowed weavers to work in all parts of Scotland "free of all corporation dues, conjoined with a bounty of 1 1/2 d. [0.6 pence] per yard on all linens exported at and under 18d [7.5 pence] per yard." Linen had by this time become Scotland's most important export. Although…

Hidden below the Waves

Athol Davaar Lamont 

Much can be written about my great grand father  John Lamont’s children. He hadafter all some twelve in total between two spouses . I am nowgoing tolook at onewhosestory and appendages arequite incredible . Athol Davaar Lamontwas the fourth childto the marriagewith Isabell Nairn . His nameindeedfollows precedent- Athol taken from that area of Perthshire controlledby the powerful Murray Clan andwhoseChieftain, the Duke of Athol, even to thisday , is the only person in these islesto havea private army ! Davaar is a small island off Kintyre in Argyll at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch . Born in December 1891in 4c Washington Street Glasgow , Atholwas aschool boy in the1901 Census and now living at 20 Campbell Street in the Maryhill District of Glasgow .
It isunderstandablethat Athol would in probabilityend up at sea bearing in mind his background . His paternal grandfather , Colin Lamontwas a herring fisher and his maternal grand father Duncan Cameron was a merchant seama…