The Handloom Weavers
Weavers Cottages at Carr's Croft, Craigie
In January 2007 I studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde, and as a part of this was asked to come up with a dissertation/project idea that would be of use genealogically. There was no doubt in my mind that the area I would study would be the history of the handloom weaving community of Perth, for the very simple reason that my ancestors came from there and worked in that occupation, along with salmon fishing, for at least eighty years.
Having previously worked in television, I was once fortunate enough to be able to film several sequences at Kilbarchan's Weaving Cottage in Renfrewshire a few years ago for a BBC2 Scotland series entitled The Sword and the Cross, though sadly had to remove the sequence during the edit. But I remember being absolutely fascinated and enthralled watching a loom being professionally worked, and ever since was keen to find out more about the industry. As a project idea, it was a no brainer.
For the study, the aim was to construct a genealogical records database on the weavers of the town of
The records I am studying are from a considerable range of sources. A successful approach was made through the National Register of Archives in
This website makes some of those records available, and will in time be expanded to produce a social history of the weaving community in Perth.
At present the first volume of records on the weavers of Perth has been released through my Scotland's Greatest Story family history research service. The CD contains the following records:
Children born to weavers in Perth between 1770 and 1844 (almost 9000 entries)
Freeman Weaver Voters 1821 and 1830
Freemen Appointments Book 1719 - 1812 (over 200 entries)
Weaver Incorporation Indenture Book: Indentures 1746-1794
Weaver Incorporation Indenture Book: Minutes 1794 - 1809
Indenture papers held at Perth & Kinross Archives
Weavers' subscriptions to their seat in St. John's Kirk, Perth 1749 - 1751
Weavers in 1837 Perth trade directory
Weavers in 1843-44 Perth trade directory
Weavers noted in the 1802 Militia Act Census for Perth (343 entries)
The CD is presented in PDF format (requiring Adobe Acrobat to be read). To purchase this first volume, please contact me at the following address:
Volume 2 will be released at the start of next year (2009), which will be announced through my Scottish Genealogy and News Events blog at www.ScottishAncestry.blogspot.com.
Enjoy the site!