The Abertay Historical Society delve into textile history

The FINAL Abertay Historical Society evening lecture of 2012 will be delivered by Mark Watson who will delve into the life and family of William Brown, a key figure in the development of the famed Dundee Textile Industry.

William Brown’s notes on mill management ‘Early Days in a Dundee Mill’ make clear that this humane man was important to the success of the linen industry in Dundee.

However, in this talk Mark Watson will explore how Brown’s pioneering experiments are related to the fabric of the mills with which he, his father and brothers were associated.

The talk will also examine connections to Leeds, to Aberdeen, and to Amiens. Mark describes this talk as ‘A tale of four cities, and of Brown’s polar opposite, John Maberly’.

Mark Watson was born in Dundee and works at Historic Scotland.

He is the author of Jute and Flax Mills in Dundee, and he compiled the nomination of New Lanark to UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Mark is UK representative to the International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage and is the Scottish Education and Standards representative in the Institute for Historic Building Conservation.

He is currently co-ordinating the 2013 conference of the Association for Industrial Archaeology which is to be held in Dundee in Dundee.

The lecture will be held in the Abertay Historical Society’s regular venue, the University of Dundee’s Dalhousie Building.

Free to AHS members.

Non-members are warmly invited to attend, but it is requested that they consider making a small donation to the society

For more details on this talk or any aspect of the Abertay Historical Society’s work please contact Matthew Jarron, Secretary, Abertay Historical Society, C/O Museum Services, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN. Call 01382 384310 or e-mail