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…
c. 1775 – Brickworks started?
07/03/1829 – Edinburgh Evening Courant – Houses at Rosebank, Westend of Portobello to let … To be seen by applying to the superintendent of the brickwork there …
01/06/1829 – Edinburgh Evening Courant – Several newly painted houses to let, with good gardens at Rosebank, Westend, Portobello. For particulars apply at the brickworks there or at the Royal Exchange Coffee House, Edinburgh where a fresh supply of turtle, of different sizes, maybe had. Orders for dressed turtle punctually attended to.
30/01/1832 – Edinburgh Evening Courant – Two self-contained houses to let at the roadside, Rosebank, Westend, Portobello … The keys for these properties are to be had at the Counting Room of Rosebank Brick Work.
Below – 30/08/1834 – The Scotsman – Cheap bricks – To builders, brewers, distillers and others. The subscriber having purchased the remaining stock of bricks etc belonging to the late Mr Scott, at Rosebank, is enabled to offer them on the following very reasonable terms for ready money viz:- Common bricks 21s, double stock 42s, Fire bricks 50s, Pantiles 50s, drain tiles and soles 50s per thousand. Broken bricks 2s 6d per cart and 2nd tiles at 3s per hundred. Also a large assortment of fire pavement, oven soles, glazed vents etc. equally cheap and warranted first-rate quality. Wm Gutherie. Shipping or other orders addressed to W. Cruickshank, late manager of Rosebank Brick and Tile Works, Portobello, will meet with immediate attention. Portobello 25/08/1834.
Below – 04/11/1835 – The Scotsman – Brickwork at Rosebank, Portobello to lease …The clay has been worked upward of 50 years (c. 1775).
Below – 30/12/1914 – The Scotsman – Rosbank Pottery – Deceased Maria Eleanor Hay.
Below – 26/05/1915 – The Scotsman – Rosebank Pottery for sale.
Below – 26/06/1915 – Staffordshire Advertiser – The Rosebank Pottery requiring workers. Owner Hay.
Below – 07/08/1920 – The Scotsman – Pottery plant etc belonging to the late John Hay for sale.