I am curious about Robert BOYLE of Drongan Pottery and Tilework
as referred to in 'The Cumnock Pottery' booklet on page 38
"The Burnfoot Tilework, which was established by the Marquis
of Bute in 1835 with the help of Robert Boyle of Drongan, was
operated very briefly by Robert Taylor.......................
In Scotland the Marquis of Tweedsdale had designed and patented
one of these early tile machines. Sometime later, the dynamic
Robert Boyle of the Drongan Pottery and Tilework, along with
John Young of Newton on Ayr, marketed their 'Ayrshire Double
Acting Patent Tile Machine' which appears to have been an
adaption of the Tweedsdale patent. It could be purchased for
30 (pds stir) and was capable of producing 20,000 drain tiles
a day. Part of Boyle's sales method was to offer professional
advice to 'landed proprietors who wish to manufacture tiles on
their property'. Boyle was so successful that, apart from his
Drongan works, he was also to operate a Brickwork at Coylton
and Tarbolton and a Pottery and Drain-Tile Work at Fort Street
I only have the one page received from South Ayrshire Council.
There is also a Robert Boyle, Brickmaker, Joppa in the 1837
I believe that this Robert BOYLE is the brother of my Elizabeth
and the son of John BOYLE and Elizabeth McCOSH. If so, he was
baptised 16 Apr 1803. Perhaps this was Robert BOYLE in Stair
married Margaret RONALD in Ochiltree 1 Dec 1830, but I have been
unable to find a family in Family Search.
John BOYLEs death indicates that he was a potter at Drongan
Pottery and Elizabeth McCOSH died at Teaglum and was noted as
the relict of the late John BOYLE potter of Drongan.
I am hoping to hear from anyone with an interest in this family
or anyone that knows the later whereabouts of Robert BOYLE.
Thanks for any assistance,
British Columbia, Canada