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Project Staff and Volunteers Attend Glasgow Film Festival Screening

March 1, 2011

As part of the Glasgow Film Festival, the GFT showed a film screening of ‘The Inventors of Tradition’. Staff and volunteers involved in the project all went along to see the screening. It explored the recent history of the Scottish textiles industry and included various short films about the manufacturing processes behind cashmere (Cashmere is Scotland), the story behind the post woman’s uniform, and most importantly film’s involving the Templeton Carpet Company.

In ‘From Glasgow Green to Bendigo’, the film showed an artist from the Templeton Carpet Company demonstrate, in extravagant style, how he went about designing and creating a pattern for a new carpet.

The second short film, ‘How to make your own Templeton Carpets’, made in the early 1970’s took you through a psychedelic look at the factory and the carpet designs produced during this period. Unfortunately, only a small portion of the film was shown, but the full version of the film can be found at the Scottish Screen Archive.

The films provide a fascinating insight into the Scottish textile industry, and how Templeton’s Carpets aimed to project itself during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The night was really usfeul and provided an interesting look into the background of the Stoddard-Templeton archive.

Chris Fryer.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Hector MacLean permalink
    December 13, 2011 2:12 pm

    I used to work for Templeton carpet factory before going to Glasgow School of Art in 1974. I believe the artist in the archive video is Gavin Hamilton who became chief designer and also worked in London on behalf of Templetons

    • Gail Hamilton. permalink
      June 28, 2012 8:15 pm

      It is Gavin Hamilton. Did you work with him? He lives in Glasgow now and is 89 yrs old. Just given up painting recently. Gail Hamilton.

      • Helena Britt permalink
        August 16, 2013 9:38 am

        Dear Gail & Hector,

        I know that this response is somewhat delayed in relation to your original comments but I am currently undertaking research into the Stoddard Templeton companies and in particular the Design Library which is currently held by The Glasgow School of Art. I would very much like to send you both some further information about the project. If you would be interested in receiving this, please email me at

        Many thanks,

      • Gail Hamilton permalink
        September 8, 2013 6:24 pm


        I spoke to my Dad and he would be happy to answer questions you may have regarding his time at Templeton’s. As he is a bit hard of hearing could you email me questions you would like to ask and I will liaise with him? Or ring me 07917809357.

        Kind regards,

        Gail Hamilton.


    • Gail Hamilton permalink
      July 1, 2012 7:10 pm

      It is Gavin Hamilton who is now 89 years old and living in Glasgow. Gail Hamilton.

    • Gail Hamilton permalink
      July 2, 2012 9:18 pm

      Hector – Are you a relation of Robert MacLean. My father was asking about him today?

      Kind regards,
      Gail Hamilton.

  2. June 28, 2012 8:25 pm

    i lived next door to the hamiltons in pollkshields i am the very proud owner of 3 of his oil paintings . and chat to his 2 kids on facebook , the nans a legend

  3. william buchanan permalink
    December 26, 2016 8:30 pm

    Only just discovered this information. I note it is a few years out of date but I am hoping Gavin is still around. Worked in the Glasgow design studio with Gavin, jokingly called gubbin when a package from abroad was address to him. as Gavin Gubbin. Other designers of that time were John Eadie, Fergie Walker, David Sword, Archie Millar went to America, Alex Hill, Richard Forsyth, Jimmy Bamford. Malcolm Heggis, Roddy Clark lives on the Isle of Rassay, Robert Anderson, Alex Smith, Jimmy Carroll, James Mason went to South Africa, Jack McCreary and Hugh MacKenna with other younger designers Ian McKenzie, John Currie married into the Hamilton clan Wilma, who also worked in the Ladies design studio, Bill Kennedy, David Perkington, and just before I left for London an Egyptian designer who had been a heavyweight boxer Mamood? I also worked in London with Robert Mclean at Hugh Mackay’s London Studio,1962 -1972 and Gavin was in the Templeton London studio at that time. Remember Gavin with very pleasant memories, never a dull moment. Remember him dressing up to imitate a visiting film actress to the studio, brown paper skirt and bright red lips.
    Hope this reaches you Gail.
    Kindest regards
    Bill Buchanan

    • Gail Hamilton permalink
      January 12, 2017 12:01 pm

      Hi. Lovely to hear from you Bill. Sadly Dad passed away in July 2014 aged 90. Ian Dallas was at the funeral. Don’t know if you remember him? Some of the names you mentioned are familiar to me – Hugh McKenna, John Eadie, Richard Forsyth and Robert Anderson. Didn’t know my cousin Wilma was married as I have never met her. I have fond memories of visiting the Glasgow studios as a child. Did you know there is a you tube video of Gavin via Stoddard Templeton entitled “From Glasgow Green to Bendigo”? Really funny couple of minutes but just don’t recognise his accent! Not the way he spoke at all. Do you still live in Glasgow? I live in Droitwich but do come up every now and then. Less so since Dad passed away sadly….. do keep in touch.

      Kind regards, Gail (Hamilton)

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