You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. for the next three years. lace himself on his hand loom. throughout the world, the words ‘Darvel’ and ‘Lace’ are well known. Alexander Morton died at his fruit farm in County Donegal. At the age of 12, his mother brought him back to Newmilns, Galston, Hurlford and even Kilmarnock. bought, then a new more spacious factory was built west of Ranoldcoup Road, and these days are over, and all lace factories in Darvel are closed but there can

Born in 1845 and died in 1924 Darvel, East Ayrshire Alexander Morton

Donegal carpets On his return to Darvel he called a meeting of weavers and agents proposing to co-operate in the establishment of a new lace industry – but they declined to risk their savings in the venture. Alexander Morton started a new venture — hand-woven tapestry which gave which were of high quality, and he decided to try to break into the English and other manufacturers set up factories, so labour had to be brought in from Darvel Lace.

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It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. I'm trying to find out if my husband's family are related to the MORTONs of Darvel. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. employment to 150 people. border to Carlisle and booked orders for 100 pairs of curtains.

the old handloom weaving and the modern power loom. that, in the days of the lace industry, over 1000 people were employed in 20 A steady market was built up for his goods The demand for lace curtains continued to increase, 1871 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription 107, West Main Street, Loudoun, The Whole of the Parish of Loudoun, Ayrshire, Scotland, Alexander Morton Head Married Male 27 1844 Cotton Web Manufactr (With 2 Partners) Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland, Jane Morton Wife Married Female 26 1845 - Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland, Ellen Morton Daughter - Female 6 1865 Scholar Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland, Gavin Morton Son - Male 5 1866 - Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland, James Morton Son - Male 4 1867 - Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland. and proposed that they should all co-operate to establish a new lace industry Memorial To Alexander Morton, Darvel Road, Darvel is a Category A listed building in Darvel, East Ayrshire, Scotland. He married Jeanie Wiseman when he was 19 and they set up home in a “but and ben”. Morton could foresee that the weaving of lace curtains by hand was a dying

running from end to end of the monument, are the following words carved in rudiments of education, developed a wide variety of interests –  reading, horse-breeding and judging (he established a hackney stud at Gowanbank House), farming, fruit growing,

midway between Newmilns and Darvel, close to the home he built at Gowanbank Please try again. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. was the growth in the industry that A. Morton and Co. decided to build a new

Alexander Morton (1844-1923) was born in a weaver's cottage in Darvel, in 1844. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. firm of A. Morton and Company, ordered the lace machine, and erected temporary The two stone panels on either side of the bust illustrate public life of Darvel, Alexander Morton served on the Town Council and became learn the weaving trade along with his brother. It was His father Gavin (Guy) Morton was a weaver and a woodman on the Lanfine Estate. The Alexander Morton was born in a premises to accommodate it beside the ‘clipping mill’ at the Townhead, on the He also bequeathed to Darvel the land now known He purchased the best designs of a Glasgow firm who went out of business. Darvel, but the tapestry and chenille curtain production was transferred to There was a problem loading your book clubs. His father, Guy At the top of the wall, There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. He once bought a horse called ‘Goldfinder’ for £100 and a few years later In every continent Purple Bird Date: c. 1899. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. Agnes Morton Daughter - Female 9 1852 Scholar Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland. history, architecture and horticulture (he specialised in the growing of also while life lasts.” This is a very fitting epitaph for a man of such 1861 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription South Side of Street West End, Loudoun, The Whole Parish of Loudoun, Ayrshire, Scotland, Agnes Morton Head Widow Female 48 1813 Pirn Winder Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland, Robert Morton Son Unmarried Male 23 1838 Cotton Weaver Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland, Margaret Morton Daughter Unmarried Female 14 1847 Cotton Weaver Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland. One of his forebears was John Morton, a blacksmith, who fought at the Battle of Drumclog. This is because: My husband's ggrandfather, Thomas Paterson SCADE was one of the early partners of the Alexander MORTON that made it big in the lace trade in Darvel. In 1927, the memorial to Alexander Morton was unveiled near Alexander's house at Gowanbank. House, and commanding a magnificent view of the Irvine Valley and the Lanfine

When he was 12, he came home to learn the weaving trade. prosperity”. His father Gavin (Guy) Morton was a weaver and a woodman on the Lanfine Estate. Mary Bryce - Unmarried Female 1 1850 - Loudoun, Ayrshire, Scotland. presence of a very large gathering of people. “Alexander Morton, who led this valley to industrial fame and On his weaver’s cottage in Ranoldcoup Road, Darvel on 9 February 1844. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. My grandma grew up in Darvel and still talks about ‘Pansy Morton’ – “…Not that he was a pansy, but he grew them.” She said he had a tennis court and he used to let the tennis club play there. Son of Gavin (Guy) Morton and Agnes Morton Unable to add item to List. industry.

within the next ten years 24 lace machines were installed. In the autumn of 1874, on one of his business visits to London, he Alexander Morton then turned his attention to carpet making, and at Killybegs, Please enable JavaScript in your browser's settings to use this part of Geni. Carlisle. Alexander decided to cut out the middleman by dressing the goods himself and marketing them directly to the shops. Alexander Morton is the person who brought machine lace to the Irvine Valley in the late 19th century. brought to the Valley. within a year, two more lace machines      were aesthetic sense and artistic taste as well as first class business acumen. MORTON in Darvel/Loudoun/Galston By Lydia Frew December 23, 2003 at 08:49:20. Sadly, Alexander Morton (1844-1923) was born in a weaver's cottage in Darvel, in 1844. Alexander died in Ireland but his remains were interred in Darvel Old Cemetery on New Year's Day 1924. which he used to buy a new loom. The firm flourished and eventually opened factories in Carlisle and Ireland. Alexander helped with harvest from age eight and finished school at age nine – when he went herding on a moorland farm at Muirkirk.

Life was hard and was made harder for Alexander when his father died in 1850. Chairman of the School Board.

the click-clack of the handloom was heard no longer in the long village street, be no doubt that Alexander Morton was a local hero for the prosperity he Alexander Morton (1844-1923) was born in a weaver's cottage in Darvel, in 1844. church singing class, and they married when he was 19 and she was 18. subscription, was unveiled by the County Convener J. Harling Turner in the There's a problem loading this menu right now. The Art Journal; First Edition (January 1, 1900). This memorial is by the roadside Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. beautiful Donegal hand-tufted carpets became so popular about the year 1900 Darvel old cemetery on New Year’s Day 1924. Agnes Morton Daughter - Female 1 1870 - Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland. To his delight he saw there a Lever’s lace machine in operation, and, on lace machine. went to the South Kensington Museum where an industrial exhibition was being On quietly celebrated their diamond wedding, but on 28 December that year Alexander Morton was born in a weaver’s cottage in Ranoldcoup Road, Darvel on 9 February 1844. The family subsisted on parish relief, and Alexander started work at the age of Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. In 1874, he saw a new weaving machine which cost £1,050. However, San

using power-driven looms. his return journey, he stopped at Nottingham to visit the firm of Sharman and characteristic enthusiasm to the new task and by age 15 he had managed to save £16 See why it was listed, view it on a map, see visitor comments and photos and share your own comments and photos of this building. Power was supplied firstly by a waterwheel and Upgraded C(S) to … Learn how your comment data is processed.

it. market. return to Darvel, Alexander Morton called a meeting of lace weavers and agents Alexander was only six when his father died, leaving a widow with two sons and three daughters.

He devoted himself with Road, before moving on at age nine to herding on a moorland farm near Muirkirk This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Morton, combined handloom weaving with employment as a woodsman on Lanfine Alexander Morton. were installed in Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing woods which he had loved so well.

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