Linda’s Mail Bag– Do You Have any Info on my Blanket?


Chris wrote the following to me yesterday:

I have in my possession an old bright red blanket with the label Clyde Reg’d Clyde Woolen Mills. Do you have any info about this blanket? I can’t find any other information on the internet. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


Photo of a Clyde Reg’d Clyde Woollen Mills Blanket I found on the web

Until the late 1990s, the major employer of the village of Lanark was the Glenayr Kitten Mill, which produced clothing and offered their products at several factory outlet stores. This old woollen mill property was first developed by the Clyde Woollen mills in the 1850’s and a fire destroyed much of Clyde Woollen Mills in 1913. The textile industry lasted for about 170 years, but was finally defeated by the flood of cheap Asian textiles into North America.

Several of the old Kitten Mill buildings are still known by their numbers (e.g. Kitten Factory #1) to local residents. The Clyde Woollen Mills was the founder of these properties and the mill was the backbone of Lanark, and some still called the old Kitten mill the Clyde Woollen Mill.

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Photo of a Clyde Reg’d Clyde Woollen Mills Blanket I found on the web

Peter Scott was superintendent of the Clyde Woollen Mills years ago and in Fibre & Fabric: A Record of American Textile Industries in Volume 20 it was recorded that he went back to Scotland where he was making a study of a woollen factory to bring information back to the village of Lanark.

It should also be noted that when Boyd Caldwell died in 1888, his mills, then run by his sons, sawed millions of board feet annually and his descendants included the owner of the Clyde Woollen Mill in Lanark village.

Anyways Chris, your blanket is definitely an heirloom, and I found a blanket similar to yours that sold on EBay in 2007. No selling price is mentioned.


– Country Cottage on Hillier Street used to be the steam plant for the Clyde Woollen Mill

Label: Clyde Woollen Mills
Material: 100% wool
Color: green, black

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Down by the Old Kitten Mill

A Postcard to Caldwell’s Mills

Sandy Caldwell King of the River Boys

Ya call that a Snowstorm? Linda’s Mailbag

Debbie Dixon and The CPR Bridge Incident in Carleton Place–Linda’s Mailbag

Linda’s Mailbag- Blasts from the Past

So Who Got Shot? Linda’s Mailbag

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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