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Russian Flax and Hemp Bale Seals from

Inverness in Aberdeenshire

  INVERNESS.

Inverness was a town which possesses great natural facilities for carrying on manufactures, though these have been very little taken advantage of a large hemp factory was established in 1765, and for some time was so prosperous as to employ 1000 hands. The hemp was brought from the Baltic, and was chiefly converted into sacking and tarpauling cloth, a considerable portion of which was sent to the West Indies to be used in covering bales of cotton. The factory is still in existence in the 18th century, though the business done is not so extensive as it once was. About the year 1780 an enterprising company began the manufacture of linen thread, and for a number of years remarkable success rewarded their efforts. They gave employment to 10,000 persons throughout the county, most of whom worked in their own homes, their labours being superintended by district agents, of whom there were nineteen. The earnings ranged from is. to 12s. a-week. The flax was obtained from the Baltic ports; and when the thread was finished, it was forwarded to London, and thence dispersed over the world.

     The trade was taken up in some other towns, the social and commercial circumstances of which were more favourable to its prosecution; and many years ago, Inverness retired from competition with them. In the first year following the passing of the Stamp Act, 10,696 yards of linen were stamped for sale in Inverness-shire, and the quantity made increased gradually, until in 1822 it reached 318,465 yards. From that time the trade declined steadily, until it left the county altogether.

Nairn is an ancient fishing port and market town located 16 miles east of Inverness.

 

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