THE HISTORY OF REDHALL
There has been a house or cottage at Redhall for several hundred years as is shown by the inclusion of Redhall and Redhall Cottage on Ainslie's map of 1794 and, by the evidence of the items listed below, people have lived in the area for thousands of years.
These have included my wife's great-great-grandfather, James Guthrie, who retired to Redhall and died here at 2pm. on August 27th, 1876 at the age of 82.
Ancient maps of the locality
The oldest tree in the area is this Sycamore.
It was big enough in 1861 to be included on the 6":mile map shown below, to the west and slightly North of the 'Redhall' of that time.
This is a superimposition of the 1861 map, (in black), and the current edition, (white).
The red areas show the sites of the various houses, cottages and tile works, none of which any longer exist, 'though spoilt tiles can be found on the bluff to the South of the works.
I hope to find the time to research this to see when the works was active. I imagine that the tiles were for land-drainage rather than roofing and possible contemporary with the surge in agriculture which followed the excavation of marl from the Loch of Kinnordy in the 1740s.
The building to the west of the tiles works is thought to be the drying shed and not worker's cottages. Four cottages were built in that area after the tile works ceased production which burnt down in 1925.
We built the present house in 1988 - 90, about 5m North and 4m West of the 'Redhall' shown on the maps.
I've added some pages showing the stages of building and some of the pitfalls to avoid for any other self-builders.