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Historic New Lanark

The Dale and Owen Industrial Community since 1785

Ian Donnachie, George Hewitt

Edition: 2


A major contribution to the social history of modern Scotland

New Lanark, the former cotton spinning village, is known as the pioneer of technological and social change in the Industrial Revolution. This new edition traces the community's history from its conception as a centre of mass production in 1785 to its present day standing as a World Heritage Site and beyond.

Key Features

  • New chapter explores World Heritage status
  • Revised chapter on restoring New Lanark
  • Essential reading for Scottish social history
  • Classic work on the subject


Chapter 1. The Revolution in Scottish Textiles
Chapter 2. David Dale and the Building of New Lanark
Chapter 3. New Lanark at Work, 1785--1800
Chapter 4. A New Broom: New Lanark Under Robert Owen, 1800--1813
Chapter 5. Forming a New Society: New Lanark 1814--1824
Chapter 6. A Candle in the Darkness: New Lanark and the Propaganada of the New System
Chapter 7. Afterglow: New Lanark Under the Walkers 1825--1881
Chaper 8. The Era of the Birkmyres and 'The Gourock', 1881--1968
Chapter 9. Restoring New Lanark: The Making of a World Heritage Village
Chapter 10. Towards World Heritage And Beyond

About the Author

Ian Donnachie, Emeritus Professor of History, The Open University, is widely published, including a biography of Robert Owen, the social reformer.

George Hewitt formerly lectured in Glasgow and also taught for the OU and the University of Dundee. Dr Hewitt is author of a major study of sixteenth century Scottish politics and society.

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