Inspector General for Trade and Manufacture of Linen and Hemp, Peter Besnard visited the market at Cloghnikilty (Clonakilty), West Cork, 31st January 1817 and laid out the place for the Linen Market and Julius Besnard Sail Factory ‘the largest in the Kingdom’ and one of largest in World during Naploeonic Wars, Douglas, Cork.

The Besnards were of Huguenot origin and were prominent in Cork business and Maritime matters in the 18th and early 19th century.

The Douglas Sail Cloth factory was in it heyday one of the largest in the world employing up to 1,000 hands. It is probably on the site of the former Douglas Wollen Mills.