Below – 07/01/1843 – The Scotsman – George Bell, Farmer, Woodhouselee Tileworks, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire writes a report on the manufacture of drainage tiles on his farm. He obtains quotes from contractors “to make the tiles that he might require for 3 years”…” The contractors were allowed such materials as were necessary for repairing the kiln”……
1848 – 1858 – ScotlandsPlaces – A place where tiles are made and consists of two kilns a drying shed and two engines. It employs at present 6 labourers etc. It is the property of Sir John Maxwell Bart. [Baronet] of Springkell.
1851 – Census – George Bell, married aged 41, tile manufacturer employing 5 men and 4 boys. Branteth. One of his sons, John Bell, aged 18 is also recorded as being a tile maker.
05/08/1857 – Dumfries and Galloway Standard – Fatal Accident – A fatal accident occurred to Wm. Graham, farm servant, Berclees, Half-Morton, on the 27th ult. Whilst sitting a cart proceeding to Branteeth Tileworks for a load of tiles, the cart was upset at a turn of the road which was very steep, and the poor man was so severely crushed by the cart that death ensued instantaneously.
23/10/1885 – Annandale Observer – Reference to Mr Robert Irving, Branteth Tileworks attending a meeting at Chapelknowe in respect of the Earl of Dalkeith and his candidature for the representation of the county.