from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a dealer in linen.
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Born of poor parents in Wales in 1771, Robert Owen left school at the age of nine to become apprenticed to a linen draper with the unlikely name of McGuffog.
He might have stayed a linen draper always and watched the store name change to McGuffog and Owen, but in true business-hero style, he chose to go to Manchester; and there, at the age of eighteen and on the strength of £100 borrowed from his brother, he set himself up as a tiny capitalist manufacturing textile machinery.
He had also bought the king’s valuable ermine-lined coronation robes and his Garter robes, as well as some twenty-four paintings for himself and a further forty-six jointly with another creditor, John Hunt, who had been linen draper to the queen.