SUPPLIERS OF TEA

Penicuik teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  

 

teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  Blue cane handled teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  Mariners teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  High handled mariners teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  Blue teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854

Penicuik teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  Penicuik teapots by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  Mariners teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854  Blue teapot by Jane Kelly Penicuik Pottery Scotland
one of the Scottish Potters
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS
01968 677854

 

Jane Kelly Pottery
Valleyfield House Penicuik
bird teapot 
photographed by Amy Copeman 2009

 

Jane Kelly Teapots, Penicuik Teapots, Mariners Teapots

Jane Kelly: Penicuik Pottery at Valleyfield House

off 17 High Street Penicuik EH26 8HS

Jane Kelly Pottery
Valleyfield House Penicuik
bird teapot 
photographed by Roger Kelly 2009

 

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Charles Cowan 1735-1805
tea and paper merchant of Leith, Edinburgh & Penicuik

Hand-thrown teapots & a tradition of tea


 

Marjory Fidler (1734-1820) was an enterprising tea dealer who came to live in Penicuik at Valleyfield.  Born in Edinburgh, her father was a clerk in the Scots Exchequer and joined the Jacobite rebellion with all the money he could lay his hands on.  Just eleven years old, Marjory was taken to the Ball at Holyrood -and was kissed on the cheek by Bonnie Prince Charlie.  She stayed a keen Jacobite all her life. Marjory fled to France with her father after the '45.  Returning as a grown woman she married Charles Cowan, a Fife-born trader living in Leith, and the couple began to sell imported tea and paper to Edinburgh townsfolk.  She was known as “a first-rate man of business” and Moray House became their headquarters in Edinburgh’s Canongate.  They could not grow tea but they could begin to make paper, and took over Valleyfield House and papermill in Penicuik.

 

Coming to live at Valleyfield, of which she was very fond, Marjory Cowan paid great attention to her dairy, poultry and garden, selling with her own hands her spare milk to those who wanted it, and keeping cans set in order, each labelled for its own customer, and every egg dated and marked with the hen's name.

 

Marjory had a keen sense of humour. Her husband Charles liked to be a gentleman on all occasions, but she had a contempt for grand ways. One day in the garden at Valleyfield with a lapful of cabbages she’d been cutting, her husband came home with a strange gentleman.  She walked past them, dropped a curtsey and said 'your servant, Mr Charles'.   Mr Cowan kept a carriage for travelling to and fro, but Marjory preferred her white pony.  Once when engaged to dine with Sir John Dunbar at Auchendinny, such a snow fell that her host could hardly believe she could come, “till he saw her riding up the avenue looking more like a snowball than anything else".

 

Marjory Cowan's storerooms at Valleyfield and Moray House in those days would have been stocked with her own supplies of good tea, sugar cones wrapped in Penicuik blue paper, barrels of American apples, a barrel or two of salted beef from Shetland (the delicately flavoured small cattle were stored each Michaelmas), and huge American cheeses as big as cartwheels.

 

Since 1990 a group has revived Marjory Cowan’s two-hundred-year-old tradition of making produce available at Valleyfield House.   Every Saturday from 10 o'clock till noon, organic supplies are set out by fair trade volunteers.  Teas of all kinds are there from across Asia and Africa.  And the water Marjory used from St Mungo’s Well here at Valleyfield still makes a really good cup.

 

Jane Kelly has been making hand-thrown teapots at Valleyfield House since 1980.  You can see her work there on Saturdays from 10 o'clock till noon, and at other times by appointment.

 

Jane Kelly teapots
Penicuik Pottery
Valleyfield House High Street Penicuik
photographed by Amy Copeman 2009

 

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