Tales Of Kirrie Toon
See new song to come soon re Gairie Burn,
In 1846 the following disparate tradespeople worked in the Mills. [From PO Directory] I think the weavers would have been self-employed rather than working for the manufacturer?
David Archer, weaver
James Barrie, manufacturer
George Dishart, mason
George Duke, manufacturer, has his business in Bank-street but a house at Meikle-mill
James Findlay, tailor
James Wilkie, weaver
The 1878 Directory gives only George Duke, miller, and Mary McNicoll (trustees of), miller, at Meikle Mills.
David Orr notes that the Mills were served by a lade from the Gairie Burn.
Alan Reid [p15] refers to the dam to the west of the Mills, where formerly had been the Court Hillock,with a pond called the Witch Pool which became 'converted into a reservoir for the mills on the Gairie. Further, he says in 1909, 'The Meikle Mills, which have never been tenantless, are still driven by the waters of Kinnordy, their useful function being reinforced by the Angus Mills, driven by steam, and specialising [sic] several widely advertised and very popular products.' [p200].
In page 291 Reid describes the creation of the Drain. 'the deep rock-cutting through which the Gairie finds its way to the Meikle Mills and the Den.' The digging of the Drain turned Kinnordy Loch into 'an unromantic and useless marsh'. P 291 has an illustration, 'The Drain, with crossing at Kinnordy'.
In 1955 at the Meikle Mill, Lochmill, Mill Garage & Stores, was Angus Milling Co Ltd.