Bankfoot Pottery

Bankfoot, Flask, Gordons
Bankfoot, Flask, Gordons


According to Jean Shirlaw, William Cadell and his wife Margaret Ingles had bought land in 1766 at Bankfoot, Prestonpans and had built a pottery there. The pottery produced glazed brown ware and when William died in 1781 his widow continued until 1790 when Lady Hyndford summoned her to “to flit from the mill” which had also been let to her.

The Bankfoot pottery was then put up for sale and eventually sold to George Gordon and his wife in 1795.

Under the Gordons, the pottery thrived for a number of years until an extended dispute and court action with Sir George Grant Suttie, (who had inherited the estate from Lady Hyndford) ended when George junior sold out and left Bankfoot in 1840 when the pottery closed.


Main Products

Pearlware & earthenware, including transfer printed wares, for the domestic market.

Cadell is recorded in a newspaper of 1771 having sent a parcel of stoneware to Oporto.  

Articles in SPHR

Typical Backstamps & Marks

Impressed “G. Gordon”

Pattern Names

  • British Lakes

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1 thought on “Bankfoot Pottery”


    Hi Jean
    No very different potteries ; heading should actually be BANKFOOT POTTERY , PRESTONPANS ( not `Bankfoot` )
    Further reading references –
    ( already have the Jean Shirlaw reference)
    plus –
    ” Decorative Pottery” – Gordon`s Pottery 1772- 1842 by Jane Bonnar – Prestongrange University Press , 2000
    ” Prestonpans Pottery” by Graeme Cruickshank , 2007
    ” Scottish East Coast Potteries ” by Patrick McVeigh ,1979
    Northern Ceramic Society – website – archive search
    Please also use the exact same further reading references for
    Morrison`s Haven , Prestonpans – but I will cross reference also
    I hope this helps but as mentioned to Jamie by naming the pottery `places` as did Harry in Scottish Ceramics you are forced down the route of then mentioning the potters within that geographical context ( although his main love was described as ` Glasgow Pottery of J & MP Bell & Co ` – the only example of having a potters name against the pottery

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