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James Templeton and Co, of Glasgow.
1839 The business was established in a very small way in Bridgeton. The founder of the firm was the inventor of the first machine-made Axminster carpets - James Templeton had previously been in business in Paisley as a manufacturer of Paisley shawls.
By 1923 there were 3 000 workpeople.
1947 became a public Limited Company with a great great grandson of James Templeton as Chairman.
1961 The company had six carpet factories in Glasgow and two spinning mills, one in Glasgow and one in Stirling. It acquired a 30-acre site at Govanhill for a large new factory.