Bleachworks

From the mid-1700s when the manufacture of linen became one of Scotland’s most important industries, bleachfields were needed to whiten the cloth woven in linen mills  The biggest bleachfield in Britain was in the Perthshire village of Luncarty. Though the bleachworks closed in 1996, former workers recall the hey-day of that industry.

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00 Exhibition Panels: Shuttle-Making

00 Exhibition Panels: Shuttle-Making

Shuttle-making at Luncarty

William Patton (b.1859) was the first of three generations of shuttle-makers who worked in Ordie Shuttlemill. Betty Robertson father, also William, was apprenticed to his father in the 1920s, and then in 1947 her brother William began his apprenticeship at the same mill.

 

 

01. West Stormont Historical Society

01. West Stormont Historical Society

Chairman of the group is Rosalind (Ros) Pearson and the Secretary is Isobel Mathieson

 Interview by Margaret Bennett – 12May 2014

 Informants:

Michael Farquhar, Ann Farquhar, John MacKay, Jean Dickson, Betty Robertson, Ella MacFarlane, Russell Ritchie, Isobel Morrison & Bill Fairweather

02. Betty Robertson

02. Betty Robertson

Shuttle-making at Luncarty

Betty Robertson (née Patton) has lived in Luncarty all her life. Her grandfather William Patton (b.1859) was the first of three generations of shuttle-makers who worked in Ordie Shuttlemill. Betty's father, also William, was apprenticed to his father in the 1920s, and then in 1947 her brother William began his apprenticeship at the same mill.