The Making of Scotland's First Industrial Region: The Early Cotton Industry in Renfrewshire

Nisbet, Stuart M.
July 2009
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2009, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The article examines the emergence of the Scottish early cotton industry in Renfrewshire as one of the main centres of the first textile-based industrial revolution. Having a relatively large and stable group of merchant manufacturing families that ran the town is one of the explanations behind the phenomenon. The history behind water-powered factory cotton spinning is explored. The introduction of silk in Renfrewshire in the 1750s paved the way for the move to cotton. The growth in Renfrewshire output is attributed to the application of power.


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