On Friday The Duke of Rothesay met with students on a sewing course at the Sawmill on the Dumfries House Estate.
In June 2007, Prince Charles as Grand Steward of Scotland led a group of charities and heritage organizations to procure this rare house along with its contents and neighbouring land. The goal was straightforward: keep the historic building as it was and allow the public to witness its unique beauty.
Charles is fervent leader in heritage-led renewal schemes. In addition to acquiring the house and land, forthcoming projects include apprenticeships in masonry, organic farming and animal husbandry. Part of the scheme is to offer a petting farm and portions of land given to the local community for future farming development.
After meeting with the student, Charles visited Morton Young and Borland cotton lace weavers.
In 1900 Andrew Morton began his company Morton Young and Borland Ltd in Ayrshire, Scotland. In 1913, the company invested in Nottingham Lace Looms to offer a greater variety of products to its customers and to bring lace making to Scotland. The Irvine Valley presented the ideal damp climate for the Nottingham Lace machinery and its product.
During the 1970s changes in distribution and competition with overseas economies took its toll on Sottish lace makers. MYB was able to survive such changes and grew by utilising new means of production and investing in apprenticeship and training.
Today, they are the lone producer of 100% cotton Madras in the world and the only manufacturer of patterned lace with original Nottingham Lace Looms.
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