Ashbank Mill

Mrs Baxter and Ashbank House.

Ashbank Mill was built in about  1836  by a  Mr. John  Baxter. Originally it was used for spinning  flax and  tow (a coarse broken fibre removed during processing flax. The very light colour of flax tow is the source of the word “towhead” meaning a person with naturally tousled light blonde hair). The flax  used was imported  into Dundee  from the  Baltic ports,  and  after being  spun  at Ashbank was  either re-conveyed  to  Dundee for  sale  there or  was  disposed of  to  manufacturers in  the  neighbourhood,  and in  Alyth  and Coupar  Angus.

Sources: Peter Dawson, Meg Luckins
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