Sorn Dairy Supply
Sorn Dairy Supply was among the first milk bottling
plants in Scotland, based at Hillhead Farm.
Ironically, Hillhead and the neighbouring farm of Crofthead are both now the
home of a modern dairy company, Sorn Milk Ltd. This is based at Crofthead.
A reference to Sorn
Dairy Supply appeared in the book, "Sorn Parish - It's History and
Associations", By Helen J. Steven 1898, published by Dunlop and Drennan,
"The largest dairy establishment is that of
J. Somervell, Esq., of Sorn Castle, and indeed the present laird of
Sorn has been so identified with the improvement of dairy farming as
to have constituted Sorn a kind of "Mecca" of improved dairying long
before the formation of the Kilmarnock Dairy School. The responsibility
of the model working dairy at the Glasgow International Exhibition of
1887 was in the hands of the laird of Sorn. Mr. Somervell was Member
for the Ayr Burghs from 1891 to 1893, and is proprietor of the famous
business in Glasgow known as the Sorn Dairy Supply".
Some of the hardware of Sorn Dairy
Photograph Kenny Baird
A jug and one of two old cog wheels belonging to
David Somervell of Montrose, photographed on a day trip by Kenny Baird and David
Shaw, during August 1998. No-one is really sure what the cog wheels from.
Left: The Sorn
Dairy used an old Steam driven engine to carry the milk from Hillhead every
day. The image below is thought to be the only one in existance. Thank you to
Margaret and Lena Scott who helped arrange the photographing of this old image.
The original image was not in the best condition, but in the high res version,
you may be able to "imagine" that the text on the side of the vehicle reads:
JAMES SOMERVELL ESQ OF SORN
Right: James Somervell of Sorn, taken from a portrait belonging
to David Somervell of Montrose, nephew of James, and Grandson of Graham, of
......... OF SORN ..........
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