Vis a vis your question about Scottish lace.
Well...also in the Blackborne Collection at the MMA is a single piece  of 
something called Hamilton Lace which is explained on pages 430 and 431 of the  
Dover edition of Palliser. (The piece in our collection might well  be 
classified as torchon if it weren't called Hamilton.)
The text reads in part: The early death of the Duke of Hamilton, and the  
second marriage of the Duchess, did not in any way impede the progress of  
Hamilton lace, for, as lage as 1778, we read in Locke's Essays on the Scotch  
Commerce--'The lace manufactory, under the patronage of the amiable Duchess of  
Hamilton (now Argyle), goes on with success and spirit.' "
The text continues: "With respect to the quality of this Hamilton lace,  
laudable as were the efforts of the Duchess, she succeeded in producing but a  
very coarse fabric.  The specimens which have come under our notice are  
of the commonest description, of a coarse thread, always of the lozenge  
pattern (Fig 161); being strong and firm, it was used for nightcaps, never for  
dressses, and justified the description of a lady who descirbed it as of little 
account, and spoke of it as "only Hamilton"
"It appears that the Edinburgh Society died a natural death about 1764,  but, 
not withstanding the untimely demise of this patriotic club, a strong  
impetus had been given to the lace-makers of Scotland. (Footnote 1769. Pennant  
his tour, mentions among the manufactures of Scotland thread laces at Leith,  
Hamilton and Dalkeith.) Lacemaking was introduced into the schools, and what 
was  better far, many daughters of the smaller gentry and scions of noble 
Jacobite  houses, ruined by the catastrophe of 1745, either added to their 
or  supported themselves wholly by the making of the finer points.  This custom 
 seems to have been general, and, in alluding to it, Mrs. Calderwood speaks 
of  the "helplessness" of the English women in comparison to the Scotch."
It goes on but I figure most people who are interested have a copy of  
I am going to Scotland this spring, actually making a circuit from  
Manchester to Manchester, and would be interested to hear anything about  
Scottish made 
laces. One thing I can't figure out is why the Art Nouveau and the  Craftsman 
movement which produced Modernista lace in Spain, Aemilia Ars in Italy  and 
the laces of the Weiner Werkstatte and the Industrial schools of the  countries 
of the Austro-Hungarian Empire seem to have passed by the laces of the  
British Isles so completely. Am I missing something? I am planning to go to the 
Ruskin Museum when I visit England and Scotland, but apart from that, I  don't 
seem to see much lace stemming from those artistic movements. Yet the  
PreRaphaelites, like William Morris, seem to be very needlework  oriented.
Any thoughts?
In New Jersey, dreaming of a trip to see things I have never  seen.

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