Scouringburn Brick and Tile Works, Scouringburn, Dundee

Scouringburn Brick and Tile Works, Scouringburn, Dundee.

This old name for a burn running within Dundee has been replaced by the name Brook Street. Source

Formerly one of Dundee’s important watercourses, which gave power to its mills, the Scouring Burn rises at a spring known as Logie Spout, on the eastern slopes of Balgay Hill, but is today culverted for the entirety of its course. It flows east southeast, following Milnbank Road to Guthrie Street, then extending across the city centre to fall into the Firth of Tay immediately to the east of the Tay Road Bridge, having completed a course of 2 miles (3 km). The power of the water brought the development of mills and other industrial concerns in the Blackness area, including the Verdant Works. It remains important because it provides a flood risk within the city. Source

1824 – 1825 – Andrew Dempster, pottery and brick manufacturer, Scouringburn, Dundee.

1842 – 1843 – James Webster, brickmaker, coal and lime merchant, Scouringburn, Dundee.

1857 – Map showing Scouring Burn but it does not identify Webster’s premises. It is very likely that as much as he is listed as a brickmarker at Scouring Burn, the bricks could have been made elsewhere and Scouring Burn was simply a premises from which he stored and sold bricks, coal and lime.

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