Penicuik Town Hall

SATURDAY 3 MAY  2008

About LINEN     -a display at

part of the Penicuik Community Development Trust

Open House programme

    

Penicuik CD Trust Open House –a small part of the display on linen Penicuik Town Hall 3 May ‘08

Most of the displays on the technical aspects of linenmaking and its history in the Esk Valley compiled

 by Roger Hipkin cannot yet be posted here.  Below is some of the supplementary material :- 

Two hundred years ago, the British Linen Company

had its headquarters at Moray House in the Edinburgh

 Canongate. Here, as in some medieval Cloth Hall, linens

 had been laid out for inspection, but the main business

 of the Company was in providing finance for investment

 and trade - investment in flax growing, investment in

linen  manufacture, and, in due course, investment in

other businesses like tea-dealing and papermaking.

 The Company provided the finance, and merchants like

Charles and Marjorie Cowan conducted the business.

In Penicuik’s early days, the town’s papermills conducted

their business banking in Edinburgh, and the British Linen

 Company banked for Cowan mills at Valleyfield and elsewhere.

  The Linen Company and the Cowans had a long association.

 The Cowans ran their business from Moray House and took the

building over as their business headquarters and town house

 when the Linen Company moved elsewhere.  The Cowan firm

and the British Linen Company stood by one another in the

financial panic that swept the country in 1826 when many banks

and businesses went under, including Walter Scott’s publishers.

 

 

 

Penicuik Town Hall

SATURDAY 3 MAY  2008

About LINEN     -a display at

 

A few of nearly 100 Penicuik Open House weekly displays

HEAT & LIGHT

OLD TOOLS

SHOES & BOOTS

ART

PENICUIK’S CLYDESDALE BANK

PENICUIK INVESTORS IN THE US

GAMES

SCOUTING

SALTIRE HOUSING EXHIBITION

PENICUIK RAILWAY and its designer THOMAS BOUCH

Penicuik’s Concorde Designer  JAMES ARNOT HAMILTON

Penicuik’s International Photographer      ALBERT WATSON

other Penicuik GREATS

Penicuik Community Development Trust’s year-round CINEMA programme

 

PENICUIK OPEN HOUSE DISPLAYS

 

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