Blantyre Mills

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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Blantyre Mills established in the 1780s

Blantyre MillsDavid Dale and James Monteith established Blantyre Mills in the 1780s for for the spinning of water twist yarn. The mills were a major employer in Blantyre and expanded steadily throughout the first half of the nineteenth century and more so with the introduction of Turkey Red dying in 1804 (the second such factory in Scotland), and a weaving factory in 1813.

Blantyre MillsBlantyre Mills c1860 From BothwellBlantyre Mills c1860 from Bothwell
However, in the latter half of the nineteenth century the cotton industry began to fail due to various aspects such as under investment, foreign competition, difficulty in obtaining raw materials, and the break-up of the British Empire and Monteith & Co. finally went into liquidation in 1904.
This picture of the Madder Mill, used for Turkey Red dyeing, shows the dilapidated state of the premises at Blantyre around the time of the company’s liquidation.


Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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