The “Miln of Elridge” is mentioned in a sasine of 1721. It lay at the south-eastern extremity of the barony of Abbotskerse and must have served that remote area for centuries. It was driven by the Mill Burn which issued from Elrig Loch. When the lands of Elrig were sold in 1737 the mill was already in ruins and was described as:
“the Miln Stead of Elridge and stones about the same as the same is at present ruinous with free ish and entrie thereto with the old aquaduct and watergang of the said Miln from said Loch of Elridge to the Miln thereto.” Along with the mill was a piece of ground defined as “consisting of fourty feet in breadth and length for a shilling hill and all priviledges of building a damhead upon the parts of the lands of Elridge disponed.”
The mill stood on the east bank of the burn immediately opposite to its larger neighbour of Jaw Mill which belonged to Callendar. The mill was sold along with Jaw Mill in 1767, with the sucken of both (Edinburgh Evening Courant 11 February 1767, 3). They were again for sale with the astricted multures in 1779 (Caledonian Mercury 8 February 1779, 4). An estate plan of 1883 shows both mills, but Elrig Mill does not appear as a separate mill on the first edition Ordnance Survey map.
The site lies just to the east of Jaw Mill and only the earthworks can be seen on the ground.
Sites and Monuments Record
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