- 1) KIRKLAND, a hamlet, in the parish of Glencairn, county of Dumfries; containing 71 inhabitants, who are chiefly employed in agriculture.2) KIRKLAND, a village in that part of the parish of Wemyss which was included in the late quoad sacra parish of Methill, county of Fife, 1½ mile (W. by S.) from Leven; containing 534 inhabitants. This village, which is pleasantly situated, and neatly built, is chiefly inhabited by persons engaged in the weaving of linen, a very extensive factory having been established here by Messrs. Neilson and Company. The principal articles manufactured are, canvass, sheeting, dowlas, and ducks, in which, and in the spinning of yarn, the dressing of flax, and other branches, nearly 500 persons of the village and neighbourhood are constantly employed. In these extensive works, about 1000 tons of flax and hemp are annually consumed; almost 300,000 spindles are at work, and the average amount of wages paid annually exceeds £12,000. The buildings are spacious, substantial, and handsome; the interior is wholly lighted with gas, and the most approved machinery has been introduced. There is a school in the village, to the master of which the proprietors of the factory give a salary of £30 per annum, for the instruction of the children of their establishment.
A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. Samuel Lewis. 1856.
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