Caledonian Pottery

Caledonian, Teapot, Murray &Co
Caledonian, Teapot, Murray &Co
Caledonian, Map
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Overview

This Glasgow pottery was founded in 1800 by Robert Reid, Paterson & Co on the banks of the Monkland Canal in Garngadhill (modern day Royston, Glasgow), its skilled workforce being drawn from Staffordshire. From the outset a very wide range of ware was produced, including porcelain.

There followed several changes in the company’s name to reflect partnership adjustments. Having experienced financial difficulty the Caledonian Pottery, as it had come to be known, was taken over by the Delftfield Company in 1810 who transferred operations from their old site. In 1823 Delftfield was dissolved.

Kemp & Co took charge for three years but in 1826 the pottery passed into the hands of the Murray family who retained control, albeit through various partnerships with James Couper, John Fullarton and Frederick Grosvenor until 1868 and then, under William Murray, as W F Murray & Co.

In 1872, Murray transferred operations to a large new pottery at Rutherglen while continuing to trade as W F Murray & Co. John McIintyre, William Murray’s brother in law and a Master Potter at Caledonian, then invested heavily in the company but in 1897 it was liquidated.

The prominent Aintree jam manufacturer William P Hartley was instrumental in forming a new company to operate the pottery which by now was a major supplier of his stoneware jam pots. However, by 1928 all stoneware potteries were finding it difficult to retain markets. Hartley’s switched to glass containers and the company ceased to operate.

Main Products

Stoneware, salt glaze, bristol glaze, white earthenware and coloured wares.

Mostly stoneware jam jars, hot water bottles, whisky flagons, cream jars, pie dishes and butter dishes etc.

Less commonly:  Black basalt ware, majolica ware, mazarin teapots and transfer ware jugs and plates.

Mainly produced for the domestic market.

Articles in SPHR

Typical Backstamps & Marks

Murray & Fullarton, Caledonia, Murray & Co, Murray & Couper, Townhead Pottery (incised), “M&Co”, “Murray” (impressed), “Murray and Grosvenor”

Pattern Names

  • Affghan
  • Balmoral
  • Canton
  • The Chase
  • Chinese
  • Convolvous
  • Dundas
  • Falconry
  • Grecian Scenes
  • Hartley
  • W.P.
  • Lace
  • Moss
  • Rose
  • A Passion Flower
  • Statue
  • Temple
  • Willow

Other Publications & Links

Public Collections

2 thoughts on “Caledonian Pottery”

  1. I have been vainly researching a shoe-shaped spirit flask by Murray & Co. I have acquired one which bears the oval stamp with Glasgow along the bottom and the figure 1 in the centre. I have found only one example of a shoe shaped spirit flask but that wasn’t by Murray. My flask is in excellent condition and of nice golden brown colour.

    I’d appreciate any information.

    1. Hi Barry,
      Lots of potteries made these flasks for whisky. The backstamp, even if it isn’t clearly legible, should hold the answer. You can upload it to the Public Forum, under the ‘About’ tab. Or you can upload it to us directly via the contact form.
      We also have a Facebook page where you can show it, if you’re on there.
      J

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