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…
1790 – Information from Matthew Yuill, Ayrshire is that Mossneuk Tileworks were situated on Woodside Estate. It used ‘local’ clay and got its coal from Lochriggs Coal Works on the West Bank of Kilbirnie Loch. The coal was transported by boat across the loch. This ‘Collier Boat’ belonged to the Earl of Crawfurd – 1790, Statistical Account.
1837 – Hugh Parker, Brickmaker, Woodside, Beith. (Page 248). (Note – SBH – I am not certain with works this reference refers to but I have recorded it here meantime).
1851 – 1852 – Thomas Anderson, tilemaker, Mossneuk, Beith.
1855 – 1857 – ScotlandsPlaces – Mossneuk Tilework – A tile manufactory the property of Mr Patrick, Trearne House, occupied by James Boyd.
Below- 1856 – Mossneuk Tileworks, Beith.
1861 – 1871 – 4 x invoices – All printed Mossneuk Tileworks, Beith. James Boyd.
11/06/1873 – North British Daily Mail – Beith, important capture – Sergeant McInnes here got information regarding a strolling fiddler and his wife, who had stolen a hen from Mossneuk Tilework. The sergeant followed the pair to Kilmarnock, where he ran them down and found the hen. Taking the precaution to search the male owner, he found, firmly packed in the toe of each of his hoots, eight one pound notes, doubtless the accumulation of some other plundering. The prisoner gives the name of James Corr.
Woodside House, Beith … The fireclay coped boundary wall gives character to the roadside and the copes may have been produced at the Mossneuk Tileworks which, until the mid to late 19th century, were located to the south-west of the grounds.