Grange Brickworks, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

(Note – SBH – I am uncertain where these works were exactly situated).

04/03/1898 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Kilmarnock town talk … Smoke nuisance. Councillor Stevenson returned once more with his wonted indignation, to the attack upon the Public Health Committee for the indifferent way in which they have treated the smoke nuisance at the Grange Brickworks. Mr Finlay also came to his aid in talking on that matter. But on this occasion, they had exercised themselves without giving due attention to the minutes, where it was stated that the Committee recommended that the smoke nuisance be prosecuted before the Magistrates.

1901 – Directory of Clayworkers – James Oliphant, Grange, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.

27/11/1901 – The Scotsman – Before Lord Stormonth Darling. J.Oliphant V J. T. Diamond. In this action by James Oliphant, hotel keeper, White Hart Hotel, Dalry, Ayrshire sues James Taylor Diamond, land steward. Coolmelagh, Newtonbarry. County Wexford, Ireland, for £1000 damages for alleged slander. The pursuer and defender along with another gentleman entered into a partnership in July 1900, for carrying on the Grange Brick Company, Kilmarnock. The pursuer stated that in June 1901 the defender wrote letters to him containing charges of such a serious character that he instructed his law agent to write to the defender requesting him to withdraw and apologise for the charges. The reply was contained in a memorandum bearing the defenders name to the following effect: — “Your impudent lawyer’s letter demanding an apology for writing what I believe to he absolutely true did not shake my nerves even a little. I now give you a last chance to settle. Return my money which you obtained possession of by falsehood and deceit, and so far as I am concerned the matter is at an end but unless you wish to enjoy the society of the Messrs Pattison in retirement, I would advise an early settlement. In another letter, dated 2d September, the defender, is said to have represented that the pursuer was retaining money to which the defender was entitled and in respect of which the pursuer was liable to criminal proceedings. These charges are said to be absolutely false. The pursuer also complains of the terms of a notice published by the defender in the ” Kilmarnock Standard “. The defender denies having slandered the pursuer and pleads that being a domiciled Irishman he is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts. The record was closed today and the case was sent to the Procedure Roll.


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