Old sepia photograph of Gowanbank

Gowanbank History

A glimpse of Gowanbank through the years

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Alexander Morton (1844-1923) of Darvel initiated a prolonged era of prosperity in the Irvine Valley through the development of his handloom weaving agency, which led to the phenomenal growth of the Ayrshire lace industry. Morton’s financial success was evidenced through the completion of his new mansion house, Gowanbank, which he brought to completion in 1881.

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