In the 18th century, the linen weaving industry began to form a significant part of Scotland’s economy and workforce, with towns like Forfar employing 500 hand loom weavers at the end of the century, some 15% of the population.
The Industrial Revolution in Scotland mentions the process of weaving, and the growth of the material used in linen production, but does not mention how a person became a weaver and acquired the skills necessary to complete the complex tasks.
How was this skill taught? Was it something young children were instructed on at an early age in school, or by their parents? Did prospective weavers become apprentices or did they simply learn on the job while working in a large cottage with other weavers?
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