Milling journals of the past. The Flour Mills of East Scotland: Part 5

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2019 October

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Flour milling > Commercial millers


    Scope & contentThe final part of my series covering the mills involved in hosting the 1902 Edinburgh Convention is devoted to John F White’s Dundee Flour Mills. A report in Milling (May 31st, 1902) describes the mill as being “on the coast”.

    The choice in 1876 for a new mill to be built in Dundee took into account the great advantages this would offer. The position chosen, at the east end of the city, was alongside two railway systems and the near modern docks on the River Tay suitable for large ocean-going steamers.

    Between New York and Dundee, Dent and Company of Newcastle ran a regular line of steamers called the “Arrow Line”. The two-way shipping of grain and flour between these ports was about the same volume as that between Hull and New York, which made the reporter comment that it was extraordinary that Yorkshire millers should try to sell flour in this part of Scotland!

    John White’s family had been in the milling trade for many generations, having for a long period worked a large millstone mill at Aberdeen known as Kettocks Mills as well as the Caledonia Mills at Montrose. Kettocks watermill had been driven by the waters of the Aberdeenshire River Don, famous as a salmon river. It eventually gave way to steam, and the flour it turned out was said to be second to none… Read more.


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