William Torrance, Brick and Lime Works, Camps and Invertiel

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1870 – W Torrance, Camps lime works, Mid-Calder.

Wm Torrance, Burnhouse, Mid-Calder.

W Torrance, Coal and Lime Merchant, Camps Lime Works.

William Torrance  – Lime Burner, Burnhouse.

12/01/1878Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian  – A disputed contract – An action was raised in the debts Recovery Court, Cupar, on Thursday, by James Clark, John Taylor, and Andrew Eadie, contractors, against William Torrance, Invertiel Lime Works, concluding for £50 8s 4d, as account for “tirring” ground at Invertiel Lime Quarry.  It appears the pursuers contracted to “tirr” the ground for 1s 5 1/2d per cubic yard, but in consequence of not having got money fortnightly for work done, less ten percent, as a guarantee for the completion of the job, they had refused to go on, and stopped as soon as they came to rock.  For the defence it was stated that the pursuers had been paid at the rate of £1 per week as agreed upon ; that the sum sued for was not due, in respect the work was only to be paid for when completed ; and that the pursuers, having only “tirred” the upper part, leaving the other strata, had been already paid more than they earned.  It was further averred that the pursuers had not only broken their contract, but forfeited payment, ad were liable for damage.  Sheriff Bell aid it required a separate and special agreement to get payments t account, and where there was no such stipulation the law assumed that the parties had agreed that the whole work should be paid for when completed.  He could not hold that the supplementary agreement to pay by the fortnight had been made out; but, looking at the circumstances, as a matter of equity, it was quite within the province of the Court to settle the recompense to pursuers and to estimate the benefit to defender.  It was here sated for defender that he was now quite willing to consign the money until the work was completed.  The Sheriff said that probably the best course to pursue was to put an end to the contract, and allow the defender to finish it himself.  He thought if he awarded £10 to the pursuers and put an end to the contract it was substantial justice.  He gave decree accordingly, it being understood there was to be no action of damage by the defender against the pursuers.  Agents;-Pursuers-T.Johnston;defender-T.Jackson.

30/09/1882Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian – Wanted – brick moulder at Invertiel brick and lime works, Kirkcaldy. Apply at the works on or before Monday 1st.

13/07/1895 – The Scotsman – I hereby intimate that Mr William Hislop, Mid- Calder has been appointed sole agent for the sale of Camps bricks. William Torrance, Wilkietson, Mid Lothian.

1886 – William Torrance – Brickmaker and Lime Burner, Invertiel Road, Kirkcaldy.

24/11/1896 – Edinburgh Evening News – Sequel to a quarry accident. In Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, sheriff substitute Maconochie closed the record in an action by Patrick Devlin, labourer, East Camps against William Torrance, brick works, Wilkieston for £500 or £156 under the statute as damages. Pursuer says that while in the defenders employment he was carrying on blasting operations in their lime stone quarry under the instruction of the defendants foreman. Owing to the want of special nippers usually employed in the process of blasting, a quantity of dynamite was exploded prematurely with the result that the pursuer was burnt about the face arms and limbs. His right eye had to be removed, he is almost blind in the left eye and totally incapacitated for work. The defenders deny that nippers were necessary and say the pursuer contributed to the accident by his carelessness.

13/07/1898 – Edinburgh Evening News – Sequestration – William Torrance, Camps Lime, Brick and Fireclay Works, Wilkieston near Edinburgh and of Thomas Alexander Torrance, Farmer, Burnhouse as sole partner of said firm and as an individual.

16/08/1898  – Glasgow Herald – Midlothian brick manufacturer’s bankruptcy. In Edinburgh Bankruptcy Court yesterday before Acting Sheriff Substitute Sym, the adjourned examination took place of William Alexander Torrance, Farmer, Burnhouse trading as William Torrance, Camps Lime Brick and Fire Clay Works, Wilkieston, Midlothian. The trustee Mr Chas Romanes said he had no questions to ask and teh statatuatory oath was administered. The state of affairs showed a ddeficiency of £6662 6s 9d.

1900 – William Torrance, Brickmaker, The Camps, Edinburghshire

27/03/1900 – Edinburgh Gazette – As Trustee on the Sequestrated Estate of THOMAS ALEXANDER TORRANCE, Farmer, Burnhouse, trading as WILLIAM TORRANCE, Camps Lime, Brick, and
Fire-Clay Works, Wilkieston, near Edinburgh, I hereby intimate that my accounts of intromissions have been audited down to 12th March 1900, and that a Dividend will be paid within the Chambers of Messrs. Romanes & Munro, C.A., 50 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, on the 12th May 1900. CHARLES J. MUNRO, C.A., Trustee. Edinburgh, 27th March 1900.

12/10/1900 – Edinburgh Gazette – As Trustee on the Sequestrated Estate of THOMAS ALEXANDER TORRANCE, Farmer, Burnhouse, trading as WILLIAM TORRANCE, Camps Lime, Brick, and
Fire-Clay Works, Wilkieston, near Edinburgh, I hereby call a Meeting of the Creditors, to be held within the Chambers of Messrs. Romanes & Munro, C.A., 50 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, upon Monday the 5th day of November 1900, at eleven o’clock forenoon, to consider as to an application to be made for my discharge as Trustee. CHARLES S. ROMANES, C.A., Trustee.
Edinburgh, 10th October 1900.

10/06/1904 – Edinburgh Gazette – To the creditors on the Sequestrated Estates of THOMAS ALEXANDER TORRANCE, sometime residing at The Camps, Wilkieston, now at Annfield, Lasswade.
By virtue of an Order of the Sheriff-Substitute of the Sheriffdom of the Lothians and Peebles at Edinburgh, Thomas Alexander Torrance, above designed, hereby intimates that he has presented a Petition to the Sheriff of the Sheriffdom of the Lothians and Peebles at Edinburgh, to be.finally discharged of all debts contracted by him or for which he was liable at the date of the Sequestration of his Estates, in terms of the Statutes. CUTHBERT & MARCHBANK, S.S.C.,  Agents for Petitioner. 45 York Place, Edinburgh, 10th June 1904.

11/11/1904 – Edinburgh Evening News – Destructive fire at Kirknewton. A somewhat destructive fire took place at Camps Brick Work belonging to the United Colliery Company Limited. The fire originated in the engine house where during the past few days the engine and other machinery have been under repairs. When first noticed the firm had got a firm grip of the building in which it started. Although a good supply of water was obtainable, the difficulty of turning it on the burning buildings was great. Within a short time the building was completely enveloped in the flames and the engine and machinery were rendered useless, the roof collapsing. Efforts were made to prevent the fire spreading to the adjoining buildings but were only partially successful, considerable damage being done. The amount of damage is considerable. Those employed at the works will be idle for some time.

15/01/1914 – Dundee Courier –  Death of well known Methil Man -There passed away yesterday after a period of failing health a well-known Methil man in the person of Mr David Philip at his residence, Craigie Lea, Innerleven.  Born 66 years ago at Dysart, Mr Philip started work in the pits in Wemyss district, ad was appointed while quite young manager of the Invertiel Lime Works, Kirkcaldy, and was afterwards promoted by Mr Torrance the proprietor, to his larger works at Camps. East Calder.  Mr Philip returned to Fife on securing the management of the Wemyss Brick Works, Methil, a position he held for several years until the business was discontinued.  He was at one time proprietor of the Commercial Hotel, Upper Largo, and up to his death held the license for Dock Tavern, Methil.  He was a man of a generous and kindly disposition, and so universally were these characteristics appreciated that he was known as “Uncle Davie.”  Mr Philip was an enthusiastic volunteer, and was a member and bandsman of the 10th Company (Wemyss) R.G.A.  He was a keen bowler, and an ardent Freemason of Lodge Balfour, Methil.  The deceased is survived by a widow and five sons.


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