Also known as Maxwell’s Pighouse or Pighoos Pottery, almost nothing is known about this pottery which is potentially one of the first commercial potteries in Glasgow.
The research work of this pottery has been conducted by Kevin Paton through the Glasgow Archaelogical Society and is referenced below.
Excavations in 2011 at 239 Gallowgate revealed an 18th century potter’s house, workshop, drying shed, flues, etc. Records from around 1707 show the sale of this land as being an earlier, 17th century pottery.
In 1722, William Maxwell, a potter, bought land “on or near the old pighouse” for the purpose of pottery manufacture.
In 1768, the pottery passed to William’s son-in-law, David Eglinton and in 1781 to David’s son, Andrew before it was sold in 1795 to the town for the construction of infantry barracks.
It has been suggested the pottery made large jugs, known as pigs, and possibly specific industrial stoneware for the sugar refining factories.
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17th C potters in Glasgow are not unique. A George Thorp is recorded in 1644 as a potter in Blackfauld.