For centuries the Scottish Borders have produced Tweeds – in fact the name ‘Tweed’ immediately conjures up a picture of the Border hills and valleys.
Andrew Elliot Ltd celebrates it’s 55th birthday this year and continues to produce a fine range of tweeds and tartans for all over the world. The company was established in 1965 by Andrew Elliot, having worked as a designer in the industry since leaving school in 1941.
The company is now based at Forest Mill, Selkirk in the heart of the Borderland, and is of specific historical interest, being classed as one of Scotland’s “listed buildings”.
The original buildings date from 1838, and were part of one of the first mills in the town, built by George Roberts & Co. It was when Roberts closed in the late 1960’s, and the mill buildings were sold off as separate units, that Andrew Elliot, seeking a manufacturing base for his fledgling company, acquired the old yarn store, to set up, what is still today, the core hub of his company.