The Coulsons of Lisburn: Damask Manufacturers
William Coulson (1739-1801) set up a damask linen weaving company in Lisburn in 1764. His hand woven linen tablecloths and napkins became renowned for their high quality and elaborately woven patterns. They were commissioned by royal and noble families throughout the British isles and Europe.
William Coulson had four sons, John, William, Walter and James, who continued the business after their father’s death. During the 1830s the company split in two, when James set up his own firm, James Coulson & Company. Both firms continued to produce damask and other fine linens for royalty and other international and prestigious clients until the 20th century.