Biscuit Factory

Biscuit Factory Can anyone remember the name of the biscuit company who had their factory on Peffermill Road, Craigmillar and made “Healthy Life” and (perhaps) Royal Scots biscuits? Royal Scots were made by McVities. I remember the factory you mean and I thought you were correct about the Royal Scot biscuits being made there. However, […]

Biscuit Factory

Can anyone remember the name of the biscuit company who had their factory on Peffermill Road, Craigmillar and made “Healthy Life” and (perhaps) Royal Scots biscuits?

Royal Scots were made by McVities. I remember the factory you mean and I thought you were correct about the Royal Scot biscuits being made there. However, googling suggests it was Simmers. Is that where Jim Taggart’s boss, The Biscuit, came from?

The reason I mention is that ARSSE (Army Rumour Service) mentions a modern nickname for the Royal Scots being “The Broken Biscuits” and I wondered what it meant. It seems to come back to McVities!

  • The Healthy Life factory I was thinking of was probably Mitchelhills?
  • Modern nicknames for some Scottish regiments (mostly pre-2006) include:-
  • Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – FIJI DG’s (the regimental rugby team is full of Fijians)
  • Royal Scots – The Broken Biscuits
  • Royal Highland Fusiliers – Right Hard F*****s, Jimmy Jimmy Fcuk Fcuks-Punk Rockers-Weegies
  • King’s own Scottish Borderers – The Bing Crosbies
  • The Black Watch – The Black Death
  • The Highlanders – The Sheepsh*****s
  • The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders -no current nicknames, so still The Argyll & Bolton Wanderers and The Agile & Suffering Highlanders
  • Some other British regiments and Corps had nicknames I found funny (many had very disparaging nicknames based on their initials of course the worst of which I haven’t mentioned) including –
  • Royal Tank Regiment – The Chav Cav, The Council Cav
  • Queen’s Own Hussars – Queers On Horseback
  • Life Guards – Donkey Wallopers
  • The Light Infantry – “Oops wrong house”
  • The King’s Regiment – Thieving Scouse and Manc Gits
  • The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry – Alphabety spaghetti
  • The Grenadier Guards – The Dum-Dums (as in singing The British Grenadiers to the word ‘dum’)
  • The Princess Of Wales’s Royal Regiment – Di’s Guys, Camilla’s Gorillas, The Squidgies, Squidgey’s Own, Camilla Commandos
  • Devon and Dorset Light Infantry – “Shoot that cow”
  • The Green Howards – The Dingles (as in that family in Emmerdale)
  • The Royal Welsh – Rarely Welsh
  • Army Air Corps – Teeny Weeny Airways, Smurff Hats, Blue tac Head
  • The Honourable Artillery Company – Have Another Cocktail
  • The Royal Logistic Corps – Paramilitary wing of Eddie Stobart

Yes, the biscuit factory in Peffermill Road was Mitchelhill’s Healthy Life Biscuit Factory. It was built in 1937 and sold to House of Fraser in 1964 after the bread and cake making side of the business was moved into the extended premises in about 1959. I think (not certain) Frasers sold the premises to United Biscuits, operating as Simmers. I believe the premises now produce oatcakes which have been manufactured there since 1966 approx after another business, Capital Oatcakes, was closed and the production moved to Aberdeenshire.