Milling journals of the past. The flour mills of East Scotland: Part 2

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2019 July

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Flour milling > Commercial millers


    Scope & contentAs the National Convention in 1902 took place in Edinburgh (see my article in last month’s Milling & Grain), the local mills and their owners attracted a lot of attention. I am therefore moving on from the mills of Fife to those in Edinburgh and Leith, a short distance north of the capital city. Over half of the local reception committee came from the two main milling families of the area, the Tods and the Herdmans.

    In 1851, Robert Tod entered into partnership with his brother Alexander as corn merchants. After a year or two they leased several small mills and in 1859 they built the Leith Flour Mills.

    For many years these were the largest mills in the country, having at one time 80 pairs of millstones in operation, more than any other mill in Scotland. The mills suffered a flour dust explosion in 1874 in the stive room situated above the boiler house and, sadly, six people lost their lives in the fire...Read more.


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