Tag: craig


  Vintners – A popular profession in the 19th Century and perhaps earlier in Blantyre was that of being a Vintner. A winemaker or vintner is a person engaged in winemaking. They were generally self-employed although in later times became employed by wineries or wine companies, where their work included: Cooperating with viticulturists. Monitoring the […]

Kirklea Cottage & Kirklea Place

  Kirklea Cottage – was a former cottage on the south side of Main Street, which had address 75 and 77 Main Street. It was located on the Main Street itself and was situated at Auchinraith between Bellsfield and Birdsfield Farm. Mr. John Craig of Bellsfield built it between 1895 and 1898. By 1905 Mr […]

Birdsfield Brick & Tile Works

Following text taken from forthcoming book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) The Birdsfield Brick and Tile Works (also known later as Birdsfield Tile Works and later again as Birdsfield Wagon Works), were once located where the former Alex Inglis Factory is, beside the EK Expressway. Craig and Wilson It is unknown when the kilns […]

Crossbasket Tower or Keep 1765

The 16th Century “keep” or “Tower” is located on the west of the Castle on the left hand side, as you face its entrance. This may have replaced an even older structure belonging to the Lindsay or Hamilton family, for the basement and cellars are of a noticeably older construction than the tower itself above. […]