the scottish cotton industry, 1778-1914
What is it about?
A study of the rise of the cotton industry in Scotland from its origins in the late eighteenth century to its decline before the First World War. The book includes chapters on the pre history of the industry; its expansion from 1778 to 1830 and its diversification and decline thereafter, with the notable exception of the Paisley cotton thread industry. There are also chapters on technology; on the (heavily gendered) workforce and on employers.
Why is it important?
The Scottish cotton industry played a major role in the early industrialisation of Scotland. The book includes discussion of the finishing trades such as bleaching and dyeing, which played an important role in Scotland but have been neglected by textile historians until very recently. Neglected but important areas such as the origins, wealth and political connexions of the Scottish cotton masters, are also discussed, with a pioneering analysis of their wealth based on wills and probate inventories. The cotton industry, with its dependence on export markets, laid down a template for the later development of export orientated heavy industry, such as shipbuilding and railway locomotives.
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