The History of Leith

March 17, 2007

Papermaking on the Water of Leith – History

Up until the mid twentieth century, the Water of Leith was an important industrial centre for Edinburgh, particularly in paper-making. At the height of industrial production there were 76 mills at work along this 23 mile stretch of river, Many of these mills were papermills undertaking a range of production activities. On the Water of Leith between Balerno and Colinton, each village had its own papermill: Balerno was home to John Galloway and Sons, which specialised in producing imitation art papers; in Currie, the Henry Bruce and Sons mill produced featherweight laid and wove book paper; in Juniper Green, the Woodhall Paper Company produced board for the whisky industry, among others; and in Colinton, Andrew Scott and Co manufactured Browns, which were papers used mainly in wrappings. for more click here

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