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    My great x2 grandad,Joseph McMillan 1800-1866,was a weaver.On the 1841 census he is living in the Cairns,Cambuslang where there were a number of weavers.I have tried to find some history of the weavers there but without success.Most of the history of that area is about the miners.
    Can anyone suggest were I can look for weavers in that area? 10 years later he was in Girvan,another place with a lot of weavers.I know about the weavers in Glasgow,the Carlton don't know much about other places.
    Thanks for any help or suggestions welcome

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    Hi
    This is a book by Colin Findlay 2013 Cambuslang Industrial Industry which mentions weaving.
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    Thanks for replying,I have looked at Colin Finlay's book but it concentrates on the miners. Sandy

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    At the beginning of the 19th century, weaving was mostly a home industry. It became more centralised as the century went on.
    You may find the Wikipedia article HERE interesting.
    A lot depends on what sort of a weaver he was, did the census say? Flax? Silk?
    I see that the Lanark museum features weaving - look HERE. It might be worth visiting them.
    It should also be worth contacting/visiting the local archives or FHS - there's contact info HERE

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