Dr Kathleen Rankin’s publications, The Linen Houses of the Lagan Valley, and The Linen Houses of the Bann Valley, make a formidable industry history based on the Linen Industry. In 2010 she was awarded the awarded the MBE, for voluntary services to the Living Linen Project in Northern Ireland. This by implication recognised the significance and importance of the Project.
The Linen Houses of the Lagan Valley
A commentary on the major linen families and on nearly sixty of the magnificent houses they lived in along the Lagan valley in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although many of the houses are no longer standing, the opulent lifestyle of the great linen barons has been captured in photographs of family groups and activities, and in shots of interiors, drawn from private and other collections. The book is arranged around a number of nodal points - Waringstown, Donacloney and Dromore; Hillsborough; Lisburn; Lambeg; Drumbeg; Dunmurry; Finaghy; and Edenderry - and contains useful maps, together with a number of family trees which help to clarify the often complicated descent of properties among the various branches of a family.
Published by the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast 2002, 220 pages
The Linen Houses of the Bann Valley
A companion volume to The Linen Houses of the Lagan Valley, this tells the story of the linen families and their houses in the counties, Down, Armagh and Tyrone. The book is well illustrated with many colour illustrations and contains family trees for the Bell family, the Cowdy family, the Crawford family, the Dickson family, the Dunbar family, the Ferguson family, the Greer and Greeves family, the Lindsay family, McMaster family, the Murland family, the Smyth family, the Sinton family, and the Uprichard family.
Published by the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast 2007, 260pages