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Anderson, Janet (1697–1761), milliner and maker of graveclothes  

Elizabeth C. Sanderson

Anderson, Janet (1697–1761), milliner and maker of graveclothes, was born on 1 January 1697 and baptized in Edinburgh two days later. She was the daughter of James Anderson (1662–1728), clerk to the signet and author of Diplomata Scotiae, and Jean Ellis or Ellies (...

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Duncan, John (1794–1881), hand-loom weaver and botanist  

Anne Secord

Duncan, John (1794–1881), hand-loom weaver and botanist, was born on 19 December 1794 at Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, the illegitimate son of John Duncan, weaver and soldier, from Drumlithie, and Ann Caird (c.1773–c.1830), also of Drumlithie, who decided to support herself and her child by weaving stockings and harvesting at nearby ...

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Johnston, Ellen (c. 1835–1874?), power-loom weaver and poet  

Christopher A. Whatley

Johnston, Ellen (c. 1835–1874?), power-loom weaver and poet, was born at the Muir Wynd, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, the only daughter of James Johnston, stonemason from Lochee, a linen-weaving and quarrying village on the outskirts of Dundee, and Mary Bilsland, second daughter of James Bilsland...

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Learmonth, Christian (bap. 1718, d. 1762), milliner and shopkeeper  

Elizabeth C. Sanderson

Learmonth, Christian (bap. 1718, d. 1762), milliner and shopkeeper, was baptized at Bo'ness, Linlithgowshire, on 21 October 1718, the daughter of John Learmonth, schoolmaster and postmaster at Bo'ness, and of his first wife, Christian Livingston (d. in or before 1726), third daughter of ...

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Macaulay [née Young], Carola (b. 1682), milliner and shopkeeper  

Elizabeth C. Sanderson

Macaulay [née Young], Carola (b. 1682), milliner and shopkeeper, was born on 19 February 1682 at Kippen, Stirlingshire, one of three children of the Revd Robert Young, minister at Kippen, and Margaret MacFarlane. She is a good example of an eighteenth-century woman from a professional family background who, even after her marriage, continued in business. She had no inherited right to trade but was allowed to do so on payment of an annual due to the ...

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Murray, Lady Evelyn Stewart- (1868–1940), Gaelic folklorist and needlewoman  

Jane Anderson

Murray, Lady Evelyn Stewart- (1868–1940), Gaelic folklorist and needlewoman, was born on 17 March 1868 at Blair Castle, Perthshire. She was the third daughter of John James Hugh Henry Stewart-Murray, seventh duke of Atholl (1840–1917) and his wife, Louisa (1844–1902), eldest daughter of ...

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Ramsay, Katherine (1720s–1808), milliner and shopkeeper  

Elizabeth C. Sanderson

Ramsay, Katherine (1720s–1808), milliner and shopkeeper, was one of eight children of Gilbert Ramsay (d. before 1743), solicitor, and factor to the duke of Roxburghe, and of Katherine Kerr, daughter of Andrew Kerr of Kippilaw, near Kelso, Roxburghshire. Katherine Ramsay and her five sisters were involved in selling millinery and haberdashery, and all seem to have been in business together initially. ...

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Wright, John (1805–c. 1846), weaver and poet  

David Hill Radcliffe

Wright, John (1805–c. 1846), weaver and poet, was born on 1 September 1805 in the parish of Sorn, Ayrshire, the son of James Wright of Galston, coal-driver, and Grizzle Taylor (d. 1842). John, the fourth of seven children, grew up in ...