THORNLIEBANK, a village, in the parish of Eastwood, or Pollock, Upper ward of the county of Renfrew, 1 mile (S. W.) from Pollockshaws, on the road to Glasgow; containing 1620 inhabitants. This village, which is comparatively of modern date, owes its establishment to the introduction of the cotton-manufacture and other works connected with it, in which, with the exception of two or three dozen families, the whole of the inhabitants are employed. It is almost exclusively the property of Messrs. Crum, whose very extensive works have been long carried on here; its proximity to the coal-works of the parish, and its plentiful supply of water, rendering the place peculiarly favourable. The houses, inhabited chiefly by persons employed in these works, are comfortable, and neatly built; and the whole has an aspect of cheerfulness and prosperity. The spinning of cotton affords occupation to more than 150 persons; about 120 are engaged in power-loom, and nearly fifty in hand-loom, weaving. The printing of calico is carried on extensively, employing nearly 400 persons; and 200 more are occupied in bleaching and finishing. A school has been opened in the village, for the instruction of the children of the persons employed in these several works; the master has a good house and garden provided for him by the Messrs. Crum, who have also erected a spacious and commodious schoolroom. It is well attended; and the school fees, though moderate, produce a competent income.

A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. . 1856.

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