Researching through the old newspapers there are several references to brickworks being located in the South Leith Links area of Edinburgh around the late 18th century. The locations are often vague and difficult to pinpoint. All such references are detailed below. It is appreciated they may not all refer to the exact same location. Indeed…
Macduff Brick and Tile Works, Banffshire.
Below – 25/02/1799 – Brickfields near Banff. (Note – SBH – I am uncertain as to which brickworks this article refers to but I have recorded it here meantime).
Below – 30/11/1842 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – Forman wanted. Apply to A. Simpson, MacDuff.
Below – 17/01/1844 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – Macduff Brick and Tile Works advert.
Below – 05/02/1845 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – Macduff Brick and Tile Works for sale or let. Apply to A. Simpson, MacDuff.
Below – 04/02/1846 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – Macduff Brick and Tile Works for sale.
30/05/1846 – Aberdeen Herald and General Advertiser – All and whole the buildings of the Macduff Brick and Tile Company consisting of a kiln, clay mill and sheds – all suitable for the manufacture of bricks and tiles. Also the utensils at the work. There will be sold at the same time, in lots to suit purchasers the whole stock of bricks, tiles, flower pots etc on hand. For particulars apply to R.Adam, solicitor, Macduff. Macduff 22/05/1846.
28/11/1848 – Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser – Drain tiles and pipes etc. The subscribers beg respectfully to announce to the public that they will have pan and drain tiles, pipes, bricks etc for sale at the Macduff Brick and Tile Works on the 01/04/1949. John Riddoch & Co.
05/9/1851 – Edinburgh Gazette – John Riddoch, sometime brick and tile maker at Macduff, and afterwards employed at the Brickwork, near Ellon, occupied by William Forbes, and
resident in said Parish, afterwards Labourer at Portobello, and latterly at Tipperty, in the County of Aberdeen, and presently prisoner in the Prison of Aberdeen, has presented a petition to the Sheriff of Aberdeenshire, craving decree of cessio bonorum, and interim liberation, and protection from the diligence of his creditors; and the said Sheriff has fixed Wednesday the 8th day of October next, at 12 o’clock noon, within the Court House, Aberdeen, for the public examination of the petitioner, at which time and place all his creditors are required to attend. Aberdeen, September 3, 1851