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Linen Manufacturing in Nithsdale

Linen Manufacturing in Nithsdale

Small plots of flax were cultivated on many farms in Dumfries and Galloway, on the 'hemp rig.' The flax was harvested by hand, tied up in sheaves and stooked in the field for several days. It was then steeped in a pool weighted down with stones until the 'scouring' process was completed - in about a fortnight. It was dried by spreading it out in rows and was then sent to the 'lint mill' for further processing.

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