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William Barbour and Sons

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of Hilden Mills, near Belfast

1785 Company originated in Lisburn, Ireland; it was established by John Barbour who bought linen thread for manufacturing in Scotland.

John Barbour's son William took over the company, followed by John Dougherry Barbour.

1831 Works moved to Hilden.

1889 Extended their Flax mill using triple expansion engines by Victor Coates and Co, ribbed rings by John Brown and Co and plates by the Steel Company of Scotland. [1]

1898 William Barbour and Sons merged with other thread manufacturers to create Linen Thread Co but continued to use the original name as flax spinners.

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1970 Barbour Threads was part of Lindustries[2]

1976 Queens Award for Export[3]

1999 Hicking Pentecost, which owned Barbour Threads, was acquired by rival Coats Viyella[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  1. The Engineer of 1st Mar 1889 p183
  2. The Times, Aug 19, 1970
  3. The Times, Apr 21, 1976
  4. The Times, August 10, 1999