In 1727 the Scottish Privy Council formed the Board of Trustees for Fisheries, Manufacturing & Improvements in Scotland with the aim of improving Scotland position.  Within Manufacturing, Linen took a prominent position.

Throughout the minutes of the Board we come across references to Linen, be it in relation to spinning linen thread, producing linen fabric, or the quality control exercised over the manufacturers by Stamp Masters.

over the duration of our project we have been going through the boards minutes pulling out and transcribing relevant extracts to Paisley and Renfrewshire.  Emphasis was placed on the development of Spinning Schools as well with Christian Shaw’s (Millar) connection with them.   Below we present interesting extracts. References given relate to the records in the National Archives of Scotland.   The transcribers were asked to transcribe exactly what was in the original document, so variations in spelling and grammar are authentic to the late 18th Century.

 

Topic  Board of Trustees for Fisheries, Manufacturing & Improvements in Scotland 1727 to 1946 
Source  National Records of Scotland – NG1/1/1
Web  www.nrscotland.gov.uk 
Page Number  33 
Date of entry  13th October 1727 
Margin Entry  A Reed Maker invited over from Ireland  
Details  Friday 10am – Present Lord Milnton , Mr Drummond, Mrs Jamieson ,Baron Clerk, Mrs McAulay, Mrs Irving, Mrs Paterson , Mr Stewart  

In consequence of last days conversation it was reasoned how the sum allowed for spinning should be distribute in the plan, and Lord Milnton’s scheme for erecting three schools with that premium at Edinburgh,Perth and Glasgow, with Mr Stewart’s thoughts to that purpose. 

Keywords  Reed Maker , Ireland, Salary, Spinning , Schools  
Transcriber  Lorraine Smith  

 

Topic  Board of Trustees for Fisheries, Manufacturing & Improvements in Scotland 1727 to 1946 
Source  National Records of Scotland – NG1/1/1
Web  www.nrscotland.gov.uk 
Page Number  34 
Date of entry  13th October 1727 
Margin Entry  Schemes about spinning referred to Linen Commitee  
Details  Purpose were read and referred to the Committee appointed to draw the plan , for their further consideration, and Mr Paterson of that committee was desired to take in Mr Donaldson’s and Mrs Millar’s proposal on that subject before they digest their report so as to be part of the plan , and the secretary was ordered to acquaint the Burghs of Edinburgh,Perth and Glasgow that the trustees intend to erect spinning schoools in their burghs, upon their providing a convenient house for the undertakers and scholars, and was also ordered to pay Robert Wood, engraver Four Pounds sterling for his engraving and making ten stamps for stock in hand , which he this day delivered in at the board. 
Keywords  Spinning Schools , Engraver, Stamps 
Transcriber  Lorraine Smith  
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