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Silk and Lace

The principal seats of the silk manufacture were Paisley and Glasgow. In 1885 the number employed amounted to 600 and in 1901 to 2,424. The weaving of lace curtains had made considerable progress, in 1878 only 45 hands being employed against 2,875 in 1901.

Hosiery manufacture, a characteristic Border industry, with its chief seat at Hawick, employed 11,957 hands in 1901. The total number of persons working in textile fabrics in 1901, exclusive of 21,849 drapers, mercers and other dealers, but including 43,040 employed in mixed or unspecified materials including hosiery, lace, carpets, rugs, fancy goods,besides a large number of “undefined “factory hands and weavers), amounted to 174,547 persons.



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