If it wasna for the weavers, what would ye 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 the Scottish 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