Emperor, Queen and Cardinal: A Forgotten Chapter In The Story of Irish linen

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Deborah weaves the history of the revival of handloom damask manufacture in Ireland through the lens of John McCollum Linen Manufacturer of 53 Queen Street, Lurgan and the village of Annaghanoon, Waringstown, Co.Down.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationHistory Ireland
PublisherWordwell Books
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Sept 2022

Bibliographical note

Deborah White is a master hand-loom linen damask weaver and an Arts and Humanities Research Council-Northern Bridge Consortium doctoral researcher at Ulster University.


  • Irish linen
  • Craft
  • Weaving
  • Patronage
  • Ireland’s Industrial past
  • William Liddell
  • Ireland Brothers Ltd
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Special Folklore exhibition
  • Lurgan
  • Waringstown
  • 18thc.
  • 19thc.
  • handloom
  • Lurgan Technical College
  • McCollum
  • linen manufacture
  • New Industries Development Act
  • John Leathem
  • John McCollum
  • Queen’s weavers
  • Cardinal Spellman
  • Arch Bishop
  • Haile Selasssie
  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Buckingham palace
  • Windsor castle
  • Sandringham
  • Walkers of Banbridge
  • Armagh
  • Fred Monroe
  • transatlantic consumption
  • northern ireland
  • Northern Ireland History
  • Northern Ireland and communities


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