John Paton, Son and Co
1814 John Paton of Alloa set up a wool dyeing and spinning company in Alloa. He was a user of the spinning mule developed by Samuel Crompton. He built Kilncraigs Mill on the site of Kilncraig House which he inherited from his father. Alexander Paton joined the firm, the business becoming Paton and Son
1848 John Paton died, and Alexander Paton's brother-in-law and nephew joined the firm.
1880 Fire at the Alloa premises 
1920 J. and J. Baldwin and Partners and John Paton, Son and Co merged, creating Patons and Baldwins.  The company was an amalgamation of long-established Scottish and West Riding knitting wool manufacturers. It decided to relocate its headquarters and six factories to Darlington.
Sources of Information
- The Dundee Courier & Argus, Thursday, May 13, 1880
- The Times, Thursday, Feb 05, 1920