For the study and collection of beetles, see coleopterology.
Wellbrook beetling mill in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Beetling is the pounding of linen or cotton fabric to give a flat, lustrous effect.


Within Ireland, beetling was first introduced by Hamilton Maxwell in 1725.[1] Beetling is part of the finishing of the linen cloth. The hammering tightens the weave and give the cloth a smooth feel. The process was gradually phased out, in lieu of Calendering. A similarity is the compression; however, with Calendering, the finish does not remain for the life of the cloth. This distinguishes it from Beetling.


  1. Robert Whan, The Presbyterians of Ulster, 1680-1730, (Woodbridge, The Boydell Press, 2013), 80.

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