1825 – Agricultural improvements carried out by Henry Richmond at the farm of East Montgarswood – draining. When Henry took over the farm in 1816 he set about making improvements. The first job was to clear the land of stones and boulders. In his diary, there are 27 references to clearing and carting stones. He…
1823 – The Duke of Portland is credited as being the first agricultural improver to introduce tile draining to the West of Scotland in 1823. These being manufactured at the tilework at Cessnock. Source – Matthew Yuill.
1867 – James Smith Taylor, Galston Tile Works, Gargieston. Residence – Moorfield, Kilmarnock. (Note – SBH – I am uncertain if the Cessnock Tileworks were also known as the Galston Tileworks but there is a good chance they were so I have added this entry here to ensure it is recorded.) (See Moorfield Tileworks)
Below – Sept 1899 – The British Clay Worker – Death of William Gilmour.