WEAVERS AND CLOTH TRADES
To prevent this in future, a society was established in 1785, called the Weavers Society. Each member, at his admission, pays a certain sum, and so much a quarter afterward; and in case of sickness, or inability to work, he is entitled to a certain allowance a-week; and in the event of his having a widow, she receives a small annuity.
The 1846 Post Office Directory lists 64 weavers, 4 warpers, a reedmaker [see * box on right] and 22 shoemakers. The 1878 Slater Directory lists 14 boot and shoe makers, but no weavers or warpers at all. However, 14 linen manufacturers are listed.
'In 1867, while the air was pulsating with disquieting rumours of power looms, factories, and steam, there were close on 2000 weavers in the own and neighbourhood, as many more being engaged in the various operations connected with the produce of the loom in its initial and final stages. Reid
Dr Alexander Whyte recalled in the early 1900s that, 'There were rows and rows of weavers' shops in the Newtown where I was brought up; generally comprised of a "but and a ben", the "but" being the kitchen, with maybe a little room as a bedroom or sitting-room. Then at the other end were four weaving looms. The father would have one, and perhaps two daughters would have one each, and the son would have one.
Spuggie Young the weiver, gaed up tae see the mune
Aa the treadles on his back, His sownie mug abune
The mune is of course the artificial hillock, The Moon, at the top right of the road climbing up from the Den.
'This area was formed from the excavated soil removed in 1871 to build the Gairie Factory. The debate continues as to the origin of the name. Is it derived from the crescent moon shape or is it from the irony of the workmen that they were taking the excavated soil to the moon?' D Orr
‘The Meikle Mills, which have never been tenantless, are still driven by the waters of Kinnordy, their useful function being reinforced by the Angus Mills, driven by steam, and specialising several widely advertised and very popular products.’ Reid