Agnes McKelvie was a very talented young woman. “Ducks of the school”, she had a passion for poetry. The McKelvie family found themselves visited by the Head Master several times to discuss her going to university… very rare in those days! Unfortunately, Agnes never did get to university, but her love of poetry remained strong throughout her life, leaving behind a legacy that still remains a strong inspiration to the McKelvie family today, and is honoured by her picture featuring pride of place on the “Poets” range inspired by her.
“The Poets” is an unashamed nostalgic tour of some of the great poets and poetry of Scotland reflected in the fragrances of Robert Burns “Cotter’s Ingle” or Hugh MacDiarmid’s “Little White Rose of Scotland”.
Although not the largest tinned candle, McKelvie tins give you market leading burn times of around 50 hours each, although in independent consumer tests correctly burned candles have achieved over 60 hours of use! So they help to enhance the ambience of candlelight longer than others by around 20 hours extra.
Although small in size, they are most definitely BIG in fragrance. McKelvie tins are also designed with a small indent on the top of the lid to allow you to sit the tin on top… just to make double sure your surfaces are protected.
- Finished with beautiful glass chips to create a unique and stunning finish
- Specially designed tartan labels, designed in house at McKelvie
- Around 50 hour burn time per tin
- Size approx 8cm x 6.5cm
- Approx weight 280g
- Lid acts as a coaster stand to help protect surfaces from heat
- Follow supplied care instructions to maximise your fragrant enjoyment
When Granny McKelvie was married in Linlithgow in 1888 candles were still the main form of lighting in most of the miner’s homes of her community. Street traders called with tallow and other ingredients to sell to those busy wives who made most things for the home, including the necessary candles. By the time her daughter Agnes married in Fife in 1920, oil lamps had taken over as the lighting source saving much labour for the McKelvie household. Agnes and her husband went one better with modern gas mantles in their new council house on Methil Brae. Paraffin oil, tallow, carbide for the miner’s lamps, all were sold by street traders like Peter Dickson – better known as “Tally carbide” reflecting his trading cry – right up until the second world war. With the spread of electric power the candle was no longer the prominent way to light our homes. Although the candle market contracted it did not die as there was still a demand for candles for churches, romantic dinners, home decor, celebrations, relaxation, and sheer enjoyment.
Candles have come a long way since Granny McKelvie’s day. Although no longer a main source of light, they continue to grow in popularity and use. In 1990 one of her grandsons was behind the development of what has become “McKelvie Candles” – created by hand using the finest ingredients to give a fragrance, long life and quality she would have loved.
Whether you want to create an atmosphere in your home that’s welcoming and sociable, calm and soothing… or maybe evoke nostalgic memories, there’s a McKelvie Candle that will fill your home with long lasting fragrant enjoyment.