Weaving in Auchterarder
Cottage weaving was widespread throughout Perthshire. In the western area weavers were supplied by local agents with material from
The most important area for cotton working in Perthshire was
Until recently, the other important cotton weaving centre was James Findlay's mill at Deanston, the village having been dependent on this mill for its livelihood for over 150 years. The Deanston mill closed in 1965.
Perthshire was one of the main areas in
In the 19th century Auchterarder and Aberthuthven were chiefly occupied by hand-loom weavers. These depended on middle-men who supplied the yarn to the weavers and bought the finished cloth to sell in
In the inter-war years there was here, as in other mills throughout the country, a great slump in trade. Despite modernisation carried out after the war, all weaving ceased in this mill at the end of 1956.
In 1929 however, a knitwear business, by the name of Gleneagles Knitwear, started and is now the only activity on the premises with over 80% of the products being exported.
The firm of Robert White & Co experienced similar development. This business began in the 1840s with hand looms in individual houses. The first factory was situated off