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[Collection of printed and manuscript material relating to a dinner held in honour Provost William Bailey]

Author [William Bailey]
Title [Collection of printed and manuscript material relating to a dinner held in honour Provost William Bailey]
Imprint Edinburgh? : s.n.
Date of Publication 1848
Language English
Notes A "rich and elegant bound album" consisting of printed and manuscript material relating to a dinner held on 24 August 1848 in honour of William Bailey (d. 1859), first Provost of Portobello, a town on the outskirts of Edinburgh, now part of the city. Having worked in the flint glass trade in Newcastle, William Bailey came to Portobello about 1826 and in 1829 bought the chemical works there as a site for the manufacture of cut glass crystal and flint glassware. He built up a successful business manufacturing tumblers, decanters and other household articles, but, faced with increasing competition from glass factories in Leith and Edinburgh, Bailey decided in 1848 to convert the works to the more profitable manufacture of green bottles. In 1833 he was made the first Provost of Portobello and the old Leith-Dalkeith road was renamed Baileyfield Road after his house, Baileyfield, built about 1836. This album was presented to Bailey at the dinner and is in a handsome calf binding by Robert Seton of Edinburgh.
Shelfmark Bdg.m.178
Reference Sources http://www.scotlandsglass.co.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=56&Itemid=44
Acquired on 29/04/17
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