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Our Linen Stories

The bleach fields and retting waters of Scotland are an often forgotten legacy of the once-mighty flax and linen industries that blossomed in the 18th and 19th centuries, writes Matthew Shelley

SCOTTISH LINEN INDUSTRY

Map of Europe, Section Blaeu Atlas Maior, 1662-65 vol 1
Dr Ennis with map of Leith by John Ainslie (1804) showing Edinburgh and Leith with proposed docks
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In this packed issue we continue our pioneering new series which focuses on the Stewart queen consorts, exploring the life of Arabella Drummond (c.1350-1401) who played a significant role in governing the country following the incapacity of her husband Robert III of Scots. Also in this issue: · The ‘richest commoner’ and his Barra tenants · Excavations beneath the streets of Inverness · New reconstruction of St Andrew’s Cathedral Plus: Family history advice, archaeology dig reports and finds analysis, National Records of Scotland column and lots more…