Weavers all set to demonstrate skills

Pictured, front are Adele Douglas, Pitstop Weaver and  Dawn Mullady, youth leader with Rab McMonagle, Pitstop volunteer and local historian Ron Scrimgeour, past Deacon Weaver Craft.

Pictured, front are Adele Douglas, Pitstop Weaver and Dawn Mullady, youth leader with Rab McMonagle, Pitstop volunteer and local historian Ron Scrimgeour, past Deacon Weaver Craft.

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Members of The Pitstop have issued an appeal to our readers in the hope of tracking down a photograph of a handloom weaver.

In particular, members of the History and Media group (HAM) have been searching in vain for a record or photograph of the last traditional weaver in Forfar.

They would be very grateful if readers of the Forfar Dispatch and Kirriemuir Herald can help find this elusive piece of information.

Meanwhile, they are preparing to give a demonstration at the Angus Tayroots Family History Day in Brechin on Friday, September 13.

A grant of £1,000 from the Nine Trades of Dundee enabled the young people to buy looms and begin exploring Forfar’s weaving past in a very practical way.

While delving into Forfar’s weaving past, the HAM group discovered the folk song “The Wark o’ the Weavers” which was written by a certain David Shaw of Forfar in the 1840s.

Dawn Mullady, project leaders said: “Because weaving was so prominent in Dundee, most people think this weaver anthem was written by one of the Dundee weaver poets. It was quite a thrill to discover Forfar’s central role in this folk song.”

Ron Scrimgeour, a member of the Weaver Craft of Dundee added: “The opportunity to demonstrate a modern loom at the Tayroots Festival is fantastic. Weaving is very therapeutic and after a little practice, unique pieces of cloth can be produced.”

Members of HAM will give a demonstration in the Brechin Mechanics’ Institute, St Mary Street, Brechin

A fascinating programme of talks and workshops is planned to help with family history research. There will also be a number of experts on hand throughout the day to offer help and advice. Ron will give a talk on the ‘Wark o the Weaver’ before two members of The Pitstop Project give practical demonstrations of this old craft.