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1, 2 &3.  Clear glass bottle heavily embossed 'Robert Douglas - Kirkcaldy'. In the centre of the bottle the word 'Lothrie' is embossed in a 'star pattern. It stands 10 1/2" high and the base is 2 3/4" in diameter. there are three minor chips: one on the base edge, one on the back and one on the threaded lip. There is a screw stopper with the bottle, but it is not the original as the stopper is engraved 'W. Gill & Co., Brighouse'. A very impressive rare item and for its age - c. 1900(?) - it is in very good condition.

4. Unusually marked early 1900s 'blob top' liquor bottle


This may be the Robert Douglas who ran an engineering company in Kirkcaldy. Or, perhaps, his son? A similar bottle has 'Robert Douglas Lady Bank Kirkcaldy'.



• A correspondent reported in May 2015 that he had found a hard rubber bottle stopper, inscribed, "R. Douglas 1939 Kirkcaldy Dunfermline," on a beach in Norway.
and, June 2015, another correspondent informed she had found a bottle stopper beside a railway line at Forgandenny in Perthshire, with another stopper found today, 11th May 2018, on the beach at Anstruther.

• aerated water manufacturers, Lothrie Works, Kirkcaldy


This postcard shows a R. Douglas delivery lorry in Falkland:














The business of R. Douglas, Ltd, Kirkcaldy, was acquired by AG Barr, the makers of Irn Bru, in 1963.


Research note:
•  Did Robert Douglas live at Douglas House, Ladybank?  I have been advised, no he did not

•  Is he the son of Robert Douglas, Landscape & Portrait Photographer, The Vineyard, Top Whytes Causeway, Kirkcaldy?  Yes

•  Did he marry Mary Beveridge (1859-1912)Yes, he married Mary Beveridge, who after Robert's death went on to marry William Kininmonth and run the lemonade business. Mary became quite wealthy.


Read more:

•  Research note prepared on Mary Beveridge (or Douglas or Kininmonth). She married Robert Douglas Jr, whose father Robert Sr was a photographer who started the Lothrie Aerated Water Works.  [pdf  5mb]


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