The Gazetteer of Scotland Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...in London; it being a fact no less remarkable than true, that even the better classes of the Scotch do not generally indulge in the fine and expensive linens of their own country, but content themselves with the produce of the Irish looms, of which there are great imports into Scotland. The linens of Dunfermline sold at home are principally dispersed by salesmen and hawkers, who travel over every part of the kingdom. The Board of Trustees for encouraging manufactures, 8:0. give armual premiums for the best specimens of table-linen exhibited; and also for the most elegant patterns adapted for it. For along time the patterns wrought in the damasks of the place were meagre and inferior; but within these few years, a much better taste has arisen, and the patterns have been much im-proved in point of variety and beauty. At present there are upwards of six large establishments for the spinning of linen ya.r'nS: the weaving is accomplished by the hand, and en' gages a vast number of looms in the town and adjacent country. It may be mentioned that the Dunfermline trade has risen and come to 8 height only through the existence of restrictions on the introduction of German goods; 81111 were the duties on imports abolished, it is to be feared that an almost instantaneous ruin would fall upon this productive branch of our home manufactures. Besides manufactories of those goods, there are four breweries, an iron foundry, a hard soap work, two manufactories of tobacco, three candle-works, and a tan-w0rkThere is a brick-work in the neighb0urh00dThe town has eight incorporated trades, whose laws against intruders are strictly enforced; 110 unqualified 'tradesman being permitted to do any work within the limits of the burgh, 01' I0 bring into...
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