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The Papermaker

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The Papermaker

The Papermaker by Stephen Adam, c 1878, one of twenty stained glass windows made for Maryhill Burgh Halls depicting local trades and professions. This window shows a man at work in a papermill.

The paper making industry was established on the River Kelvin in 1690 at Woodside. In 1746 Edward Collins set up a paper mill at Kelvindale. The river did not have the constant flow of water he needed to power his mill and he relocated to Dalmuir, but Edward Collins & Sons returned to the area in 1840 after acquired a steam-powered paper mill at Balgray. The quality of the company's paper was widely praised.

James Macarthur & Co started another paper making business on the Kelvin around 1750, on the site now occupied by the Dalsholm Industrial Estate. The firm became a private limited company in 1890 before being taken over in 1934 and eventually becoming part of the Associated Paper Group.

Reference: 621.86.39

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

Keywords:
Associated Paper Group, Dalsholm Industrial Estate, Dalsholm Paper Mills, Edward Collins & Sons, James Macarthur & Co, Maryhill Burgh Halls, paper mills, papermakers/merchants, stained glass windows



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