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Calico & Shawl Printing in Kilmarnock

Calico & Shawl Printing in Kilmarnock

Calico printing was introduced to Kilmarnock about 1770 by a Mr John MacFee of Greenholm. By 1792 the average annual value of "Printed Calicoes" was £650 and in 1824 Mr William Hall began the printing of worsted shawls at Greenholm. According to the Historian McKay, "this fabric had not been previously printed upon in Scotland, at least to any extent worthy of notice". The introduction of this trade gave employment to "a considerable number of handloom weavers" and at one time over three thousand looms "were employed in the weaving of it in Kilmarnock and the neighbouring villages".

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