Verreville Pottery

Verreville, Plate, Park Theatre New York
Verreville, Plate, Park Theatre New York


The works started life, as the name suggests, as a glassworks in 1777, on the North banks of the Clyde at Finnieston. 
In 1802, John Geddes, who had been manager of the glassworks, expanded the works to establish a pottery to the south of the glass manufacturing.  

Robert Montgomery purchased the pottery aspect of the works in 1830 and was made bankrupt in 1833.  Robert A. Kidston, owner of nearby Anderston pottery, continued the works until 1841 when he was also made bankrupt.  The pottery was taken over in 1845 by Kidston, Robert Cochran and his brother Alexander, Charles Watson and Robert Goodwin.
Kidston, Watson & Goodwin quickly left.  Alexander Cochran managed the glassworks and Robert focused on the pottery.

From 1845 until 1918, three generations of Robert Cochran ran the pottery until its closure.

Robert Cochran Senior established a purpose built factory in the 1850’s at St Rollox, slightly North of Glasgow centre.  The pottery was named Britannia and the Cochran family ran both sites for two generations.  As a result, both potteries often used the same mark “R C & Co” or “R Cochran & Co” – also sometimes sharing the same patterns. 


Main Products

During the first period under Geddes, the Northern American export market was the primary market, with porcelain and earthenware decorated in hand-painting, sponge-printed and transfer-printed wares. 

The wares in the 1830s under Montgomery are thought to have been the same as produced by Geddes. 

Kidston produced soft paste porcelain with violet sprig wares, black basalt which was never marked and commercial slip ware which is only found in archaeological evidence.

From 1845 until 1918, the Cochrans dropped all unprofitable lines and made just white and coloured earthenware for the home and overseas markets. The most popular transfer-printed ware being the “Syria” pattern, which was made in abundance. The 1860-70s saw the pottery specialise in jugs.  Large dinner ware sets were produced. 

Spongeware was created throughout the existence of the pottery but is never marked and is said to have been exported to Asia. 

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Typical Backstamps & Marks

John Geddes, JG, Verreville Pottery and Glass Company, M with ‘warranted’ mark, RAK, RAK & Co, R. C & Co, R. Cochran & Co, R C & CO VP. 
“Princess Royal” known as a black basalt creamer, from sherd evidence from the site.

Pattern Names

  • Abbey
  • Agra
  • Albert
  • Albert Sprig
  • Amboyna
  • Andean Camp
  • Anemone
  • Apple Blossom
  • Ardee
  • Asiatic Pheasant
  • Aurora
  • Australia
  • Ava
  • Balmoral
  • Bavaria
  • Belfast
  • Berlin
  • Bhamo
  • Bird
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Bullfinch
  • Cadzow
  • California
  • Castile
  • Castle
  • Cattle
  • Ceylon
  • Chinese
  • Chinese Pheasant
  • Christmas Pre
  • Clyde
  • Como
  • Corinthian Flute
  • Cottage
  • Crystal Palace
  • Cupid
  • Damascus
  • Dancing Bears
  • The Dancing Master
  • Delhi
  • The Donkey Ride
  • Doric
  • Dresden Sprigs
  • Dr. Franklin Maxims
  • Dublin
  • Dunkeld
  • Ebra
  • Edinburgh
  • Edingburgh
  • Emerald
  • Empress
  • Erin
  • Exhibition
  • Fairy
  • Fibre
  • Florence
  • Font
  • Fruit Basket
  • Game
  • Gardenia
  • Genoa
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Going to Market
  • Good? Dog Tray
  • Gothic
  • Grecian
  • Grotto
  • Harp
  • Hong Kong
  • Japanese No. 39
  • Juno
  • La Plata
  • Lorne
  • Lotus
  • Louvre
  • Marine Grotto
  • Mikado
  • Mogul
  • Mona
  • Music
  • Nightingale
  • Olympian
  • Orchid
  • Osborne
  • Ottoman
  • Park Theatre New York
  • Passion Flower
  • Pastoral
  • Pekin
  • Peruvian Hunters
  • The Pet Lamb
  • Picnic
  • Pleasure Party
  • The Plough Boy
  • Pomegranate
  • Prince of Wales
  • Rhine
  • Rose Mallow
  • Rosette
  • Royal Mail
  • Rural
  • Seaweed
  • Sebastopol
  • Shakespeare
  • Sir Garnet Wolsely
  • Stamboul
  • Star
  • Stirling
  • Swiss Girl
  • Syria
  • Syrian
  • Triumphal Car
  • Tudor
  • Tyrol
  • United Kingdom
  • Venetian
  • Vine
  • Waterford
  • Wellington
  • Wild Horse
  • Wild Rose
  • Willow
  • Windsor
  • The Young Artist

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1 thought on “Verreville Pottery”

  1. I have a puzzling miniature glazed black teapot with a large embossed thistle with shamrocks mark on the base. It looks like some of the wares made by Verreville Pottery in Glasgow

    It’s elaborately mounded with lion and unicorn, thistles, roses and shamrocks making me think it was made to celebrate the 1800 Acts of Union

    But I don’t see this mark anywhere and am not sure how to attribute it. I just feel it’s something special. Any insight?


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