John Anderson Gilmour

Scope and Content

Jacquard and dobby weave fabricfrom John A Gilmour Ltd 1950s; hand painted towel designs from Bartons (Manchester) 1960s; Ardil fibre made from peanut shells by ICI 1950s; photographs of Troqueer Mill 1950s; newscuttings.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Anderson Gilmour, 1904-1992, was the nephew of Mary and Margaret Gilmour who were two of the "Glasgow Girls". They ran a succesful art studio in Glasgow teaching women various arts and crafts. He worked for several textile firms in Glasgow and Manchester before setting up his own firm John Gilmour & Co Ltd at Troqueer Mills in Dumfries in 1949, producing Jacquard and Dobby woven furnishing fabrics. Several other businesess shared the Mills, namely Nith Dyeing and Finishing Company and Charteris and Charlesworth weavers. He was bought out by his co-directors in 1957 who subsequently sold the mill to Courtaulds and it eventually closed. He subsequently worked for Whitworth & Mitchell and Bartons in Manchester, and the National Society for Cancer Relief in London. He retired in 1974 aged 70.


Arranged chronologically in accordance with the classification scheme.

Access Information

By appointment at the Scottish Borders Campus, Heriot-Watt University, Galashiels.

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions available on CALM database.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Helen Taylor, Archivist, Heriot-Watt University Archive, Records Management and Museum Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents. Permission to publish material from the Archive must be sought in advance from the University Archivist. Responsibility for obtaining copyright clearance rests with the applicant

Custodial History

Donated in 2006.


Accruals not expected

Location of Originals

The collection is original.