James started tile manufacturing at Hillhead in 1855. He had no capital but his father gave him money to start up In 1860 he took a lease on a clayfield at Braidwood which worked until the sequestration – proceedings started in 1887. In 1870 he took lease of a tile works at Auchengray which worked…
Below – 1859 – Hillhead Tile Works.
1860 – 1861 – Extracts from valuation rolls. Alexander Allan, Hillhead Farm – Clayfield with claymill, steam engine, sheds and kiln
Below – 15/02/1868 – HamiltonAdvertiser – Mr Allan’s Hillhead Tile Works, Carluke for sale.
1870 – 1871 – Extracts from valuation rolls – James Allan, Tilemaker, House – Hillhead cottage bushelhead. Tilework Bushelhead
Samuel Rolland, Manager (Brickmaker) Lived in house at tilework