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Hosiery Manufacturing in Nithsdale

Hosiery Manufacturing in Nithsdale

Stocking making began as a domestic craft, but after the introduction of the stocking frame in about 1770 it began to grow into an important industry throughout Dumfriesshire and Galloway. By the mid 1790s there were about thirty stocking frames at work in Maxwelltown and Dumfries. The industry remained relatively small scale until 1810, when Robert Scott went into partnership with William Dinwiddie and developed stocking and hosiery making. Others followed and by the 1830s hosiery was giving employment to over 300 people in Dumfries and the surrounding villages. 350 to 400 stockings, socks, drawers and flannel shirts, were made every week, with a capital turnover of £20,000 a year.

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