Weaver's Cottage

Weaver's Cottage **The Weavers Cottage is currently closed**
Please visit www.nts.org.uk for information. Built in 1723, and now part of the National Trust for Scotland, we look after a unique working 250-year-old loom and a collection of national significance.
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🎂🎈 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US... 🥳Here's where it all started, 90 years ago. Discussions for the founding of the Trust took pl...
01/05/2021

🎂🎈 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US... 🥳
Here's where it all started, 90 years ago. Discussions for the founding of the Trust took place inside Pollok House.
On 1 May 1931, the organisation was formally constituted.

Thanks to the support of our visitors, members and donors, we've continued to care for our national and natural treasures, now and for generations to come ❤️

🎂🎈 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US... 🥳
Here's where it all started, 90 years ago. Discussions for the founding of the Trust took place inside Pollok House.
On 1 May 1931, the organisation was formally constituted.

Thanks to the support of our visitors, members and donors, we've continued to care for our national and natural treasures, now and for generations to come ❤️

🧐For today's rainy #TartanTuesday we are sharing this beautiful wool tartan blanket from our collections, mainly because...
27/04/2021

🧐For today's rainy #TartanTuesday we are sharing this beautiful wool tartan blanket from our collections, mainly because we wish we could use it while we have our tea break! Where did the sunshine go? Answers on a postcard!

🧐For today's rainy #TartanTuesday we are sharing this beautiful wool tartan blanket from our collections, mainly because we wish we could use it while we have our tea break! Where did the sunshine go? Answers on a postcard!

🌼Weavers would use natural ingredients to dye the wool needed to make the cloths. These  chamomile flowers from our gard...
20/04/2021

🌼Weavers would use natural ingredients to dye the wool needed to make the cloths. These chamomile flowers from our garden give a lovely shade of soft yellow.
🌼Perfect for this sunny day! #TartanTuesday

🤩Another #TartanTuesday and so many tartan samples still to explore! This one is a sample of the Christie Tartan.Did you...
13/04/2021

🤩Another #TartanTuesday and so many tartan samples still to explore! This one is a sample of the Christie Tartan.
Did you know... The name Christie in Scotland is thought to derive from the Norse word 'Trusty' meaning swordsman.⚔️ #ForTheLoveOfScotland

🤩Another #TartanTuesday and so many tartan samples still to explore! This one is a sample of the Christie Tartan.
Did you know... The name Christie in Scotland is thought to derive from the Norse word 'Trusty' meaning swordsman.⚔️ #ForTheLoveOfScotland

👋🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Wishing all our American and Canadian friends a happy #TartanDay with this kilt from our collections at the Weav...
06/04/2021

👋🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Wishing all our American and Canadian friends a happy #TartanDay with this kilt from our collections at the Weavers Cottage.
#TartanTuesday 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴

👋🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Wishing all our American and Canadian friends a happy #TartanDay with this kilt from our collections at the Weavers Cottage.
#TartanTuesday 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴

🌸Our friends and Greenbank Gardens are open from today! 😎If you are local, pop in for a visit to their beautiful gardens...
02/04/2021

🌸Our friends and Greenbank Gardens are open from today!
😎If you are local, pop in for a visit to their beautiful gardens!

We are thrilled to announce we are OPEN!! Come along until 5pm to visit the gardens, get a takeaway coffee and ice cream.

🧐Did you know? Each tartan can have multiple variations, the most common of which are Ancient, Modern, Weathered, Huntin...
30/03/2021

🧐Did you know? Each tartan can have multiple variations, the most common of which are Ancient, Modern, Weathered, Hunting, and Dress.
The image below shows a sample of Brodie tartan in the hunting variation.
#TartanTuesday #Brodie

🧐Did you know? Each tartan can have multiple variations, the most common of which are Ancient, Modern, Weathered, Hunting, and Dress.
The image below shows a sample of Brodie tartan in the hunting variation.
#TartanTuesday #Brodie

❗BREAKING NEWS❗ We’re delighted to announce that most of our places will be open this spring 🙌😍 Find out what’s open now...
26/03/2021
Most of our places will be open this spring | National Trust for Scotland

❗BREAKING NEWS❗ We’re delighted to announce that most of our places will be open this spring 🙌😍 Find out what’s open now (and reopening very soon!) near you ⬇️ We can’t wait to welcome you back! ❤️
Please follow local restrictions as set out by the Scottish Government when visiting our places, and check individual property pages for more info before you set off.

​Here’s our quick guide to which of our places are open, and those which will be reopening very soon!

😍We love the colors of this beautiful sample of Breadalbane tartan. This tartan is based on the Clan Campbell Tartan but...
23/03/2021

😍We love the colors of this beautiful sample of Breadalbane tartan. This tartan is based on the Clan Campbell Tartan but with the addition of bright yellow stripes.
👉The Campbell of Breadalbane tartan is traditionally worn by members of the Breadalbane or Glenorchy branches of Clan Campbell, whose motto is:'Follow me', so if you haven't already please give us a follow on this page to know more about our conservation work!
#TartanTuesday

😍We love the colors of this beautiful sample of Breadalbane tartan. This tartan is based on the Clan Campbell Tartan but with the addition of bright yellow stripes.
👉The Campbell of Breadalbane tartan is traditionally worn by members of the Breadalbane or Glenorchy branches of Clan Campbell, whose motto is:'Follow me', so if you haven't already please give us a follow on this page to know more about our conservation work!
#TartanTuesday

The First Minister’s announcement that COVID-19 restrictions will be eased shortly was very welcome indeed 🙌😁 We can't w...
19/03/2021
An update on the re-opening of our properties | National Trust for Scotland

The First Minister’s announcement that COVID-19 restrictions will be eased shortly was very welcome indeed 🙌😁 We can't wait to welcome you back to many of our places soon! ❤️

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back to our properties and holiday accommodation as soon as we can.

For today's #TartanTuesday we are sharing this sample of Black Watch Tartan. 😅Tradition has it that those who have no ta...
16/03/2021

For today's #TartanTuesday we are sharing this sample of Black Watch Tartan. 😅Tradition has it that those who have no tartan of their own can wear the Black Watch, but can they pull it off? Are you a tartan fan? Let us know if there is a particular one you would like to see from our collections!

For today's #TartanTuesday we are sharing this sample of Black Watch Tartan. 😅Tradition has it that those who have no tartan of their own can wear the Black Watch, but can they pull it off? Are you a tartan fan? Let us know if there is a particular one you would like to see from our collections!

🤩Another week another #TartanTuesday exploring our collections. Here is a sample of the Barclay tartan in green, also kn...
09/03/2021

🤩Another week another #TartanTuesday exploring our collections.
Here is a sample of the Barclay tartan in green, also known as the 'hunting version'.
🧐Did you know? The Barclay tartan can also be found in yellow, and its known as the 'dress' version.

🤩Another week another #TartanTuesday exploring our collections.
Here is a sample of the Barclay tartan in green, also known as the 'hunting version'.
🧐Did you know? The Barclay tartan can also be found in yellow, and its known as the 'dress' version.

Is the first #TartanTuesday of March and we are starting with this beautiful sample of the Armstrong tartan from our col...
02/03/2021

Is the first #TartanTuesday of March and we are starting with this beautiful sample of the Armstrong tartan from our collections.
Its design can be traced back to 1842.
👨‍🚀The Armstrong Clan are said to be the first ones on the moon, due to the Scottish ancestry of Neil Armstrong who was the first man on the moon.
👨‍🚀Did you know? In March 1972, Neil Armstrong was invited to Langholm, the seat of the Armstrong clan and Neil’s ancestral home, he was then presented with a tartan stole designed for him called "Lunar Tartan".

Is the first #TartanTuesday of March and we are starting with this beautiful sample of the Armstrong tartan from our collections.
Its design can be traced back to 1842.
👨‍🚀The Armstrong Clan are said to be the first ones on the moon, due to the Scottish ancestry of Neil Armstrong who was the first man on the moon.
👨‍🚀Did you know? In March 1972, Neil Armstrong was invited to Langholm, the seat of the Armstrong clan and Neil’s ancestral home, he was then presented with a tartan stole designed for him called "Lunar Tartan".

🌼We are really looking forward to Spring, but until then,  here is a wonderful jacket from our collections in cream-colo...
26/02/2021

🌼We are really looking forward to Spring, but until then, here is a wonderful jacket from our collections in cream-colored cotton. It is extra special as it is covered with crewel work in blue, brown, forming black leaves, flowers, and branches. Isn't it beautiful?
👉Let us know in the comments below if you are a keen embroider too!

🌼We are really looking forward to Spring, but until then, here is a wonderful jacket from our collections in cream-colored cotton. It is extra special as it is covered with crewel work in blue, brown, forming black leaves, flowers, and branches. Isn't it beautiful?
👉Let us know in the comments below if you are a keen embroider too!

😃For the last #TartanTuesday of February, we are showing you this lovely sample of Baird tartan made in Kilbarchan. 🧵The...
23/02/2021

😃For the last #TartanTuesday of February, we are showing you this lovely sample of Baird tartan made in Kilbarchan.
🧵The name originates from 'bard' meaning poet. Baird is a common surname of primarily Scottish origins. An old legend says that the family obtained their lands in Scotland when one Baird rescued King William the Lion while he was being attacked by a wild boar. While the validity of that legend is unknown, the Baird family did obtain lands in Aberdeenshire.

😃For the last #TartanTuesday of February, we are showing you this lovely sample of Baird tartan made in Kilbarchan.
🧵The name originates from 'bard' meaning poet. Baird is a common surname of primarily Scottish origins. An old legend says that the family obtained their lands in Scotland when one Baird rescued King William the Lion while he was being attacked by a wild boar. While the validity of that legend is unknown, the Baird family did obtain lands in Aberdeenshire.

Working from home? We wondered how weavers and their families managed to do it almost 200 years ago! 🧶🏠 ⬇️
16/02/2021
Working from home, then and now | National Trust for Scotland

Working from home? We wondered how weavers and their families managed to do it almost 200 years ago! 🧶🏠 ⬇️

With many people currently experiencing the pros and cons of working from home, we wondered how weavers and their families managed to do it almost 200 years…

😀Another week another #TartanTuesday coming to a screen near you! 🧵This beautiful tartan sample from our collections is ...
16/02/2021

😀Another week another #TartanTuesday coming to a screen near you!
🧵This beautiful tartan sample from our collections is marked as an "Argyle" by its original handwritten label.
🧵Many of our tartan samples came from famous weaver Willie Melike who was known as the King’s kilt maker as he wove for King George VI.
Do let us know which is your favourite tartan pattern, we would love to know!

😀Another week another #TartanTuesday coming to a screen near you!
🧵This beautiful tartan sample from our collections is marked as an "Argyle" by its original handwritten label.
🧵Many of our tartan samples came from famous weaver Willie Melike who was known as the King’s kilt maker as he wove for King George VI.
Do let us know which is your favourite tartan pattern, we would love to know!

Any guesses? Let us know if you have visited this hidden gem! ⬇️😍
15/02/2021

Any guesses? Let us know if you have visited this hidden gem! ⬇️😍

🦅📸 Trust From Above: Can you tell us which of our places this is? 🤔 Hint: it's a garden! 🌳😉 #ForTheLoveOfScotland

😍With #ValentinesDay just around the corner, we have gone for a red tartan for today's #TartanTuesday 🧵This sample from ...
09/02/2021

😍With #ValentinesDay just around the corner, we have gone for a red tartan for today's #TartanTuesday
🧵This sample from our collection is of course of a Royal Stewart, this tartan is associated with the royal House of Stewart, and is also the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II.
🧵It is one of the most famous tartans in the world and it is the base for many of the "Stewart" tartan variations.
❤️Drop us a heart below if you love to know more about the wonderful collections in our care!

😍With #ValentinesDay just around the corner, we have gone for a red tartan for today's #TartanTuesday
🧵This sample from our collection is of course of a Royal Stewart, this tartan is associated with the royal House of Stewart, and is also the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II.
🧵It is one of the most famous tartans in the world and it is the base for many of the "Stewart" tartan variations.
❤️Drop us a heart below if you love to know more about the wonderful collections in our care!

😃This is our first #TartanTuesday of February and this month we will be exploring some wonderful pieces from our collect...
02/02/2021

😃This is our first #TartanTuesday of February and this month we will be exploring some wonderful pieces from our collection.
🧵This colourful sample of "Anderson" tartan in the colours of blue, green, red, yellow, white and black is giving us all the 80s vibes, but it was actually dated between the 1930s and 1950s!
🧵Like many of our tartan samples, it still retains its original handwritten label with the tartan name attached.

Let us know if you love this tartan as much as we do in the comments below!⬇️

😃This is our first #TartanTuesday of February and this month we will be exploring some wonderful pieces from our collection.
🧵This colourful sample of "Anderson" tartan in the colours of blue, green, red, yellow, white and black is giving us all the 80s vibes, but it was actually dated between the 1930s and 1950s!
🧵Like many of our tartan samples, it still retains its original handwritten label with the tartan name attached.

Let us know if you love this tartan as much as we do in the comments below!⬇️

😮Did you know..?At the end of the weaving process, cloth would be pegged out in a tenter-field, using hooks, the wet clo...
01/02/2021

😮Did you know..?
At the end of the weaving process, cloth would be pegged out in a tenter-field, using hooks, the wet cloth was hooked onto frames called 'tenters' and stretched out so that the cloth would dry flat and square. This is where we get the phrase ‘on tenterhooks’ from, meaning to be in a state of suspense because you don’t know what’s going to happen next!

😮Did you know..?
At the end of the weaving process, cloth would be pegged out in a tenter-field, using hooks, the wet cloth was hooked onto frames called 'tenters' and stretched out so that the cloth would dry flat and square. This is where we get the phrase ‘on tenterhooks’ from, meaning to be in a state of suspense because you don’t know what’s going to happen next!

🤩It's Tartan Tuesday! Where we give you a sneak peek into the most special tartan pieces from our unique collection.🧵Thi...
26/01/2021

🤩It's Tartan Tuesday! Where we give you a sneak peek into the most special tartan pieces from our unique collection.
🧵This is a sample of "Allison" tartan in the colours of green, blue, red, yellow, black and white with the original handwritten label with the tartan name attached. It is attributed to Willie Meikle, a famous handloom weaver in Kilbarchan.

🤩It's Tartan Tuesday! Where we give you a sneak peek into the most special tartan pieces from our unique collection.
🧵This is a sample of "Allison" tartan in the colours of green, blue, red, yellow, black and white with the original handwritten label with the tartan name attached. It is attributed to Willie Meikle, a famous handloom weaver in Kilbarchan.

🤩🥃How will you be celebrating Burns Night?We know this year might be a little different, so here is a 'virtual dram' fro...
25/01/2021

🤩🥃How will you be celebrating Burns Night?
We know this year might be a little different, so here is a 'virtual dram' from us, with a bottle from our collections that features a picture of the Kilbarchan Steeple.
⬇Let us know if you will be tucking into a haggis or having a go at a poem this year!

🤩🥃How will you be celebrating Burns Night?
We know this year might be a little different, so here is a 'virtual dram' from us, with a bottle from our collections that features a picture of the Kilbarchan Steeple.
⬇Let us know if you will be tucking into a haggis or having a go at a poem this year!

☺️🥃Heres to the Bard!We hope you are joining us today for the Trust's" Big Burns Night In"! (https://burnsbignightin.org...
23/01/2021

☺️🥃Heres to the Bard!
We hope you are joining us today for the Trust's" Big Burns Night In"! (https://burnsbignightin.org/)
🐭This walking stick from our collections at Weaver's seems extra fitting to share with you today: It is from the 1800s and has a carved handle resembling Robert Burns and a mouse!

🤩Who is ready for Burns Weekend? We are here for it with this wonderful pair of tartan trews from our collection at Weav...
22/01/2021

🤩Who is ready for Burns Weekend? We are here for it with this wonderful pair of tartan trews from our collection at Weaver's.

👖They are made from Gordon tartan in the colours of green, yellow and black. The trousers have two side pockets, one on the front and one on the back. They fasten with six black plastic buttons around the waist.

👖Did you know..?
Tartan trews shared the fate of other items of Highland dress, including proscription under the Dress Act of 1746 that banned men and boys from wearing the truis ("Trowse") outside of military service. The Dress Act lasted until 1782 under the reign of King George III.

To celebrate World Tourism Day, we uncover 300 years of travel and tourism through a selection of treasures and tourist ...
28/09/2020
From the sublime to the ridiculous? | National Trust for Scotland

To celebrate World Tourism Day, we uncover 300 years of travel and tourism through a selection of treasures and tourist trinkets 😍⛵️🏰🏖⬇️

To celebrate World Tourism Day on Sunday 27 September, we voyage around the world through items in our collection, looking back across 300 years of travel and…

🥰Your support is helping us look after Scotland's heritage! Even with our doors closed for a little while, we are still ...
09/09/2020
Pledge your love for Scotland

🥰Your support is helping us look after Scotland's heritage! Even with our doors closed for a little while, we are still caring after our collection and protecting it for generations to come. ❤️Have you pledged your love for Scotland?
https://youtu.be/snEn1HGwEyU

The National Trust for Scotland is a charity and, with the support of our members, we can continue to care for everything that makes this country so special....

While we have to keep our doors closed for a little longer, why not make the most of your membership and visit our other...
07/09/2020
Advance Booking: Pollok House

While we have to keep our doors closed for a little longer, why not make the most of your membership and visit our other amazing sites?😀🎟 Follow the links below⬇️ to book your tickets for:
🏛Holmwood House: https://nts.cloudvenue.co.uk/advancebookingholmwoodhouse
🏠Pollok House: https://nts.cloudvenue.co.uk/advancebookingpollokhouse
🌹The Hill House: https://nts.cloudvenue.co.uk/advancebookingthehillhous

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made some changes at  Pollok House to keep you and our staff safe during your visit.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year from all of us at the Weaver's Cottage 🌟🎅
19/12/2019

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year from all of us at the Weaver's Cottage 🌟🎅

As a thank you for National Lottery support, lottery ticket holders can visit a variety of The National Trust for Scotla...
23/11/2019
Thanks to You - Projects - National Lottery Good Causes

As a thank you for National Lottery support, lottery ticket holders can visit a variety of The National Trust for Scotland properties for FREE!

Between 23 November and 1 December anyone who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard will be able to access special offers.

See the link below to find out which properties you can visit , and please check the venue listings for dates, times and other terms and conditions.

**A reminder that we are closed for the winter! We look forward to seeing you in spring 2020**.

Each week National Lottery players raise £30 million for Good Causes. Find out about their stories here.

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Weaver’s Cottage

**Our wonderful property is shut for the winter now until Spring 2020**

At this traditional Kilbarchan weaver’s cottage we’ll transport you back to a time when hand-woven textiles were the pride of Scotland’s weaving industry. Weaver’s Cottage vividly re-creates the living and working conditions of a typical handloom weaver. With low ceiling beams and period furniture, it helps give an insight into life before the Industrial Revolution.

The 250 year old “Plain” loom that now rests in our loomshop once belonged to the famous local Kilbarchan Weaver Willie Meikle, passed down from his great grandfather, and quite remarkably it can still produce traditional cloth! Also gifted to us by Willie Meikle in the 1950’s was a collection of over 600 tartan samples, all woven on his loom and kept as a reference library. Can you spot your family tartan?

The property also has a beautiful garden, where traditional dye plants including woad and madder are grown, along with a wide range of cottage garden plants. In the summer months, visitors are encouraged to bring along a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet of our original cottage garden.

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Hello! Just saw some wonderful videos on rag rugs by one of your weavers, Christine Macleod, and want very much to get in touch with her. Is she involved with this page? (Perhaps you could tag her on this post, or pass on my info?) I have decided that life is too short not to thank people for their positive influence on one’s life. (Plus, I have an idea I’d like to pass on to her.) Hope you are all well and staying warm and creating beautiful and comforting things and helping people deal with these uncertain times by becoming Makers themselves. Thank you!
I am a spinner, weaver, collector and renovator of spinning wheels, based in Edinburgh. I have today received a wheel from USA which was made in Largs in 1821, a tall, castle-style wheel obviously made for the spinning of flax. It requires some repairs which I will undertake. These wheels are fairly unusual and I wondered if this might be something which would interest you in the longer term.
I went up to The Weavers Cottage last year for the first time in a very long time. I wondered if the attached painting was still there. It was, but much duller and older looking. This photo was taken by my dad in 1955 on a slide which I have digitised, and there is quite a detailed caption on it. The Caption reads: "Painted by Alice Ramsay, Old Manse - Mum & Bella Borland spinning and weaving at 5 Gateside" By mum i assume that the other party is my gran, Rachel Goold (nee Cameron). My dad was born at 5 Gateside in October 1918. ====== I'm sure that there may be some interest from those that have seen the original