Vintners – A popular profession in the 19th Century and perhaps earlier in Blantyre was that of being a Vintner. A winemaker or vintner is a person engaged in winemaking. They were generally self-employed although in later times became employed by wineries or wine companies, where their work included: Cooperating with viticulturists. Monitoring the maturity of grapes to ensure their quality and to determine the correct time for harvest, usually from hothouses or large greenhouses.
The term in Scotland however, may simply have been for a person who was selling wine to the general public, without the tag or full license requirement of being a spirit dealer. Vintners in Blantyre in 1860, according to Slater’s Directory included Allan Craig, Matthew Miller, Elizabeth Pettigrew and James Smellie.