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Alexander Johnstone Warden

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Alexander Warden, pioneer jute manufacturer

1810 Born in Berwick-on-Tweed

Apprenticed in a bank

Managing clerk of Balfour and Meldrum, of Dundee, shipping agents and largest flax merchants in Dundee

1838 Went into business for himself as a manufacturer in the fledgling jute industry. The business of making jute cloth depended on using individual weavers in their own homes, with his firm delivering materials and picking up finished goods each week. Warden's business prospered and grew rapidly.

1851 Patented the printing of jute carpets

1852 The factory in Ann Street and Nelson Street was destroyed by fire but Warden did not have full insurance cover. He did not go back into manufacturing but concentrated on the merchant business. Also turned to writing for which he became well known

1892 Died in Belfast

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Sources of Information

  • The Dundee Courier & Argus, February 25, 1892