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The story of the Mills in Blantyre is currently being compiled for release in Blantyre Project’s forthcoming book, “Blantyre Works Village & Mills” by Paul Veverka.
The Rotten Calder had 7 mills, namely:
- Mavis Mill,
- Priory (Black or Bardykes ) Mill,
- Milheugh’s 2 mills,
- Crossbasket Bridge Mill, and
- an unknown mill at higher elevations.
Not forgetting another 2 known Blantyre mills
- Arstoune Mill
- Blackbird Mill
More about Blantyre Calder Mills
In the 1700’s and 1800’s, a condition existed, which was known as “Astricted Milling”. This was a tri-party agreement between the landowner, his tenant miller and the tenant farmer on the land. It permitted that all the grain belonging to the landowner’s tenant farmers was sent to the miller for griding.
The farmer would be paid by the miller, therefore providing the income for the farmer to pay his rent to the landowner. The Miller, in turn after working the grain, would be able to sell the product, allowing him a source of income and means to pay his rent to the landowner. The three parties, whilst indpendendant upon agreeing their financial arrangements, were actually dependant upon each other to succeed.
Also, away from the Calder on the River Clyde, of course were the large Mills operated by Monteith, near the home of David Livingstone the explorer. An earlier Mill existed on this site prior to 1785, named Millhaugh. A further mill, the Blackbird Mill existed on the ParkBurn.
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