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Portobello Potteries

   

Waverley Pottery

and

Thistle Pottery

 

1770

Waverly pottery, Pipe Street, Portobello, was built for W & C Smith.

W & C Smith produced bone china.   (See also UPDATE 1 below.)

1786 Westbank works were enlarged, but later disposed of to a soap works.

 (See also UPDATE 2 below.)

1830 The works were re-sold as a pottery to Hugh & Arthur Cornwall.

Hugh and Arthur Cornwall produced decorated stoneware jars.

1840

John Tough bought the works.
1867 A W Buchan bought the business.
1877 Murray & Buchan was established by AW Buchan and J F Murray.
1879 Murray & Buchan's works were extended.

Murray & Buchan won two Gold Medals at the Edinburgh International Exhibition of Industry Science & Art in 1890 - for plain and fancy stoneware.

The company later traded under the name Thistle Pottery.  At one time the pottery employed more than 120 people.

 

1972 The pottery at Portobello closed.  The company moved to Crieff.

Three bottle kilns were built at the Pipe Street pottery - in 1903, 1906 and 1909.  The two most recent have survived and stand beside the road on the south side of Portobello Funfair.

Acknowledgements

Much of the Thistle Pottery detail above, up to 1877, and the Midlothian Pottery details are taken from East of Scotland Potteries by G D Young,  Occasional Publication No 8 in a series by Edinburgh Corporation Libraries & Museums Committee.  This booklet was produced to introduce a collection of pottery on display in Huntly House Museum, 1969.

 

W & C Smith

and

Westbank Works

Thank you to George Haggarty, Research Associate, National Museums, Scotland, for sending the following comments.

George wrote:

UPDATE 1

"There is no evidence for an 18th century pottery in Portobello called W & C Smith, and there is no evidence that bone china was produced at Portobello in the 18th century."

UPDATE 2

"As it suggests the Westbank works was on the other side of the burn and it only made bricks and had no connection with either the Waverly or Thistle potteries."

George Haggarty:  January 27, 2007

 

Portobello

Midlothian Pottery

Midlothian Pottery built by William Jamieson

The Waverley Pottery above was built in Portobello in 1770 by William Jamieson.

In 1786 Jamieson built another pottery in Portobello.  It had many owners, including James & Andrew Scott from 1786,  Thomas Rathbone from 1810 and William Affleck Gray from 1856 and his sons from 1896 then William Richardson from 1921.

Thomas Gray traded under the name Midlothian Pottery.  The business finally closed in 1926.

 

Portobello

Westbank Pottery

 

1770

Westbank pottery was erected for Anthony Hillcoat.
1803 Hillcoat died.  The business was taken over by son and son-in-law.

Initially it produced roof and drain tiles, later it produced brown ware and Prussian Blue ware.

1890

Peter Mitchell took over the firm.
1936 The clay pit was exhausted.  The pottery closed.

Under Peter Mitchell's management, the firm manufactured bricks, tiles, drain pipes and terra cotta.

Acknowledgement:  The details above are taken from East of Scotland Potteries by G D Young,  Occasional Publication No 8 in a series by Edinburgh Corporation Libraries & Museums Committee.  This booklet was produced to introduce a collection of pottery on display in Huntly House Museum, 1969.

 

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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