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Comparative view of the trade of Hawick, 1771-1850

The following table was printed in the Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by John Marius Wilson and published in 1868. This table appeared in volume II, p.53:

COMPARATIVE VIEW OF THE TRADE OF HAWICK, 1771-1850

1771 1791 1816 1838 1850
1 Carding mills ... ... 7 11 (one of which is partly by steam) 11 (6 of which water and steam)
2 Engines or scribbling machines ... ... 44 ... 106 engines, or 53 sets
3 Spinning jennies ... ... 100 (hand) ... ...
4 Annual consumption of wool ... ... 12,000 stones of 24 lbs. 108,162 st. of 24 lbs. value 65,000 pounds 2,016,000 lbs value 142,100 pounds
5 Quantity of yarn manufactured ... ... 290,000 lbs. 854,462 lbs. 1,209,600 lbs.
6 Number of stocking frames 4 8 510 1,209 1,200
7 Number of stockings made 2,000 pairs 3,500 pairs lambs' wool - 600 pairs' cotton 328,000 1,049,676 pairs ...
8 Articles of under-clothing ... ... ... 12,552 120,000
9 Number of weaving looms ... ... ... 226 268 power and hand-looms
10 Number of operatives 5 men, 6 women 14 men, 51 women 1,044 1,788 (besides females) 3,465
11 Quantity of soap consumed ... ... ... 102,899 lbs. 207,387 lbs.
12 Annual amount of wages ... ... ... 48,726 pounds 81,650 pounds
13 Value of property employed in manufactures ... ... ... 101,861 pounds 185,616 pounds
14 Value of manufactures ... ... ... 140,000 pounds 280,904 pounds
15 Quantity of coal consumed ... ... ... ... 10,000 tons
16 Population P. 2800 T. 2,320 T. 3,684 in 1821 T. 5,306 T. 8,800 in 1845

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