The town and former port of Bo'ness (Borrowstounness) stands on the southern
shore of the River Forth, ten miles west of the Forth Bridge.
In the 18th century, Bo’ness was one of the most thriving towns on the east coast
and ranked as the third port in Scotland. Among the town's many thriving industries
was pottery production and Bo'ness soon became established as one of the main
pottery producing areas in the country.
Pottery production in the town lasted for almost 200 years and it reached its heyday
at the end of the 19th century when three factories were operating simultaneously at
Bo'ness, Grangepans and Bridgeness. With the last pottery closing as recently as
1958 the industry is still fondly remembered by many Bo'nessians.
The various potteries can be accessed by the menu on the left of the page or from
the list below.
Bridgeness Brownware Pottery ~ 1766 - 1802

Bo'ness Pottery ~ 1784 - 1898

Grange Pottery ~ 1879 - 1888

Bridgeness Pottery ~ 1888 - 1958

Industrial Co-operative Pottery ~ 1891 - 1894

West Lothian Pottery ~ 1896 - 1929

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