Found in Portland, Maine, United States. The unknown finder found this brick and others at the site…
The humble brick and its place in Scottish history
The search for Scottish bricks
*************************************This is a Scotland wide community based project and I am looking for anyone no matter where they live in Scotland, or the world for that matter, to get in touch if they feel they can assist in anyway whatsoever.*************************************
This site is primarily to record and detail the Scottish brick manufacturing industry.
The aim is to try and identify all the Scottish brickmakers back through the generations and to preserve a physical example of their bricks. The physical examples, will in the main, only relate to those makers that marked their bricks in a way that they can be readily identified.
This is a facet of Scottish history that has been previously overlooked with regards to its recording, but nevertheless it is a very important one. Unless these bricks are found and preserved, they will soon be lost forever.
Please look at the list of Scottish bricks so far rescued.
If you have one in your back garden that I do not have listed as being in my possession, then please feel free to get in touch if you would like to donate it to the cause.
You may of course wish to keep your brick, in which case I would be very grateful if you could forward a close up photograph of the brick so I can add its image to the Scottish brickmark list. There are many brickmarks and variations on a theme still to be found...back gardens will be hiding many of them!
I am also looking for areas to search for bricks - so if you know of a section of coast or river bank, demolition site etc where Scottish bricks can be found then please get in touch.
If I recover bricks from a shoreline where they have been deposited to prevent land erosion then I will replace them at the time - I always carry spares in the car for such a purpose.
Scottish brick found overseas – see menu link for full list
Found by Doug Douglas at Shingle Bay, Pender Island, BC, Canada. Forth – Roughcastle Firebrick Works, Bonnybridge,…
A fantastic selection of Scottish bricks found by Henri Lessard on the banks of the Ottawa River,…
Starworks Glenboig brick found on a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea near Rostock, Germany. The following information…
Gartcraig brick found associated with a lime kiln near Victoria, B.C. Canada. Details kindly supplied by Stuart…
Gartcraig brick found in Parque Barrancas de Belgrano, Buenos Aries, Argentina See this link for details of…
Allan & Mann Govan Patent Glasgow found in Pictou Nova Scotia Canada by Karen Turple. Allan &…
Gartcraig Scotland No 6 brick found in Rockland, Ontario, Canada by Helen Pace. Helen says ” We…
Scottish bricks found by Adriana Ortea at a disused meat factory in Liebig, Argentina. The bricks included…
These Scottish bricks were found along the Argentinian railway systems by Pablo Marzilio. Boghead Glasgow and 2…
The photos of these bricks were kindly forwarded by Cristina Pasquali an archaeologist and coordinator of the project…
Allan & Mann Govan Patent Glasgow brick found in Canje Creek, Guyana, South America by Niyaaz Tahal…
Found by Judy Baldwin in Queensland, Australia. The bricks were used as a floor in a meat…
Found at Saguenay Lac st Jean,Québec, Canada by Veronique Samson Castlecary Gartcraig Gartcraig Scotland. . . .
Gartcraig brick found in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia by Kylee Fraser Gartcraig, By Millerston, Glasgow Gartcraig brick making…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
William Mcnaught, Brickmaker, 44 – 46 East Howard Street, Glasgow 23/03/1855 – Kelso Chronicle – William…
Broomdykes Tile Works, Hutton, Scottish Borders. 24/02/1871 – Illustrated Berwick Journal – Social gathering included Miss Lyall,…
Below is a very interesting piece of research by Anthony Neil Morey – Source (Mr Morey if…
Blackpark or Blackparks Tile and Brick Works, Stranraer. 1862 – Thomas and William Rankin, Black Parks Tile…
Whitrig Bog or Whitrighill Brick and Tile Works, Near Mertoun, St. Boswells, Scottish Borders Newcastle type kiln….
Fallsidehill Brick and Tile Works, Near Hume, Kelso, Scottish Borders Canmore Very little remains of the tile…
Paxton Brick and Tile Works, Scottish Borders. Built c 1826 and then new kilns erected mid 1880’s…
1876 – 1877 – Whitelaw Alexander & Co., builders, contractors, and brickmakers, 76 Drumfrochar road — Works,…
Many thanks to Julia Posener for supplying much of the information for this page. Below – The…
J & M Craig, Kilmarnock This large fire clay barrel is situated at Auchindrain, the township museum…
Ward Mill Brick & Tile Works, Arbroath Date unknown – On the east side of Brothock Water….
William Wilson, Campbellfield, Glasgow 1825 – William Wilson, Brick and Tile Maker, Campbell Fields, Glasgow 1840 –…
The flood plain of the Urr has excellent deposits of blue clay, which were quarried for brickmaking…
Many thanks to Stuart McLean for much of the information supplied in this post – click me…
Vogrie Coal and Fire Clay Works, Gorbridge . Canmore 1867 – John Christie Arniston and Vogrie Works,…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
Blairadam has had 2 brickworks sites over the years Canmore Blairadam Brick and Tile Works – Alternative Names…
JAMES ADAMSON & CO -28 High Street, Perth. Errol Brickworks, Inchcoonan.Office – Victoria Buildings, East Dock, Dundee and…
Alexander Wilson & Son Terracotta Manufacturers, Lochhead Works, Dunfermline Canmore – NT09SE 31.00 0755 9010 Much of this…
Eglinton Silica Brick Co. Ltd. produced firebricks from the 1860s at Dundyvan Silica Brick Works near…
1835 – 1836 – Borland & Sommerville, fire brick and grinding work, Graham’s sq. Borland, Thomas, brickmaker, Barrack street,…
For the convenience of customers ordering by ‘wire’ – a code word is given for each standard…
I have found 9 different ‘Martin’ brickmarks at the Hurll, Gartliston Brickworks, Glenboig. 29/06/2015 – I believe this is the manufacturer…
Bourtreehill Fireclay Works, Dreghorn, Ayrshire c. 1875 to 1970 Canmore 1872 – James Findlay, Bourtreehill Coal Co and…
William Ralston & Sons, Sandyfaulds Engine and Machine Works, Commercial Road, Glasgow . Ralston was a Scottish manufacturer of brick…
Hugh Martin, Engineer and Millwright, maker of Brick and Tile Machinery, Kirkton Street, Carluke This is possibly…
WALKINSHAW – Walkinshaw Brickworks, Renfrew, Renfrewshire Available evidence indicates that Merry & Cunninghame (coal and iron masters…
SOURCE OF INFORMATION BELOW From The International Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1 October, 1885: J. & M. CRAIG’S FIRE…
1878 – JOHN DENNIS – Brick or Fire Clay Manufacturer, Bridgend, Lasswade, Edinburghshire. 1878 – Dennis…
Lee Terracotta Works, Braidwood, Carluke, Lanarkshire. ( c 1892 – pre 1907) 1896 – The Lee Terracotta…
Castlecary Fireclay Company Limited. Established during the late 19th century by Alexander Weir and incorporated in 1909….
Drainage pipes and tiles – see menu link for full list
Found by Ian Suddaby in St Andrews, Fife Salt glazed drain pipe. United Fireclay Products, Atlas Brickworks,…
Found in Northumbria by Kevin Monaghan. Makers unknown but all are presumed to be English. All were…
Found in Northumbria by Kevin Monaghan. Maker unknown but presumed to be English. Horseshoe drain . ….
J & M Craig, Kilmarnock This large fire clay barrel is situated at Auchindrain, the township museum…
Found by Tucker Kennedy in Ayrshire. Broken sewer or water pipe. Prestongrange Brick, Tile and Fireclay Works,…
Found by Ian Suddaby in St Andrews. Wemyss ‘corrugated’ drainage tile Wemyss Brick Co. Works, Methill, Fife…
Photographed in Glenluce, Dumfries and Galloway by Tucker Kennedy. This appears to be an enamelled sink rather…
Found by Ian Suddaby in St Andrews Fife Lochside Works, Townhill, Dunfermline, Fife c. 1902 to c….
Found by Ian Suddaby in Fife Errol Brick and Tile Works, Inchcoonans, Dundee Inchcoonans 1966 drainage tile….
These fantastic drainage tiles were found and donated by Brian Wardell. A friend of his remembers them…
Found at Muirhouses Farm near the old Perceton Fire Clay Works, Perceton, Ayrshire This is a salt…
Found at Perceton Fire Clay Works, Perceton, Ayrshire These supports are not marked however all the marked…
Found on the old Perceton Fire Clay Works site, Perceton, Ayrshire Broken Buchan’s drain cover. 1 1/4″…
Found on the old Perceton Fire Clay Works site, Perceton, Ayrshire Broken Buchan’s Patent drain cover. 1″…
Found at Muirhouses Farm on the old Perceton Fire Clay Works. Perceton, Ayrshire J & M Craig,…
Help Help! – Scottish bricks, information and areas to search are all requested.
If anyone has found a Scottish brick, any where in the world, then please get in touch. If it is abroad I would love to post a small article on my site with regards the overseas find location and any background information you may have
If you have found it in Scotland then please drop me an email with the brickmark details and I will check to see if we are aware of its existence. If we are not then I will add it to this National database of Scottish brickmarks. All donations of a currently unknown Scottish brickmark will of course be gratefully received. I will arrange pick-up.
Please also send me details of where you think I should look for Scottish bricks, old brickwork sites, foundry sites, river and shore dumps, fly-tipping areas etc etc ...all will be considered for a future visit.
Scottish brick collection is now rehoused!
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Scottish bricks overseasThis wonderful brick is somewhat of a rarity and this example appears to be the only recorded survivor so far and unbelievably it was found in Russia. If anyone has another example hiding behind the garden shed, propping up a broken bed leg or acting as a paper weight then I would love you to get in touch. Click here.
Information requested – Kilchattan Brickworks, Kilchattan, ButeInformation of any description is requested with regards the Kilchattan Brickworks, Kilchattan, Bute. I believe the brickworks may be on the grounds of Mount Stuart House and I am keen to ascertain if any marked bricks have ever been found by anyone on the island or further afield. I am currently researching these works for a forthcoming article on my site. Please click on the following link to see the article with the information gleaned so far. Click here.
Information requested – Tarrasfoot Tile Works, Dumfries and GallowayInformation of any description is requested with regards the Tarrasfoot Tile Works, Dumfries and Galloway (situated between Langholm and Canonbie) Please click on the following link to see the article with the information gleaned so far. Click here.
Information requested – Culloden brick & Tile Works
Information of any description is requested with regards the Culloden brick and tile works. In particular I would be interested in knowing if anyone has a marked brick or tile from the works
I am also interested to hear from anyone who has a copy of the "Inverness Field Year Book 1991 - 92" as they compiled an article on the works - part of which I have reproduced. Its great to see a local historical group taking an interest in Scotland's industrial brickworks history.
I am currently researching these works.
Please click on the following link to see the article with the information gleaned so far.
Information requested – Brora and Lairg Brickworks
Information is requested on the Brora Brickworks and Lairg Brickworks, Sutherland.
I have a Brora and Hunter Brora brick but they will date from c. early to c. mid 20th Century. I believe there will be more crudely marked Brora brickmarks out there and would love one for the Scottish Collection.
In the same vein, I believe that Lairg Brickworks will have made a marked brick at some point in its history. Examples of this would be very welcome too.
DUBS & CO brick sought
If anyone knows the whereabouts of a Dubs & Co Brick, I would love to hear from them.
Dubs & Co were Locomotive builders Glasgow 1864 until 1903 then amalgamated with Sharpe Stewart Co, & Neilson Reid Co to form North British Locomotive Co.
They also made bricks as per this poor example. The brickmark was 'Dubs & Co" and it was set in a diamond shaped design. There was no discernible frog.
Please get in touch if you can assist with an example for this Scottish brick collection
Brick photo – worldwide
The families of 18 US servicemen who wrote their names on bricks during World War Two have been traced after an American woman helped with the search.
Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum struggled to contact the relatives after finding 47 etched bricks at Ditchingham Maltings, Bungay, Suffolk.
Donna Goldbach-Martin from New Jersey heard about the story two years ago.
Curator Huby Fairhead said she had “made it a project to help me locate the families in America”.
The maltings was used as a storage depot by the 2212 Quarter Master Truck Company (Aviation) Combat Support Wing.
The bricks came to light when the building was being demolished to make way for housing.
Mr Fairhead said that Ms Goldbach-Martin heard about the museum’s search from a relative working in Norwich.
“So far, she has helped us trace 18 families, including the widow of Lavern H Berning, who sent a list of 80 veterans names in a newsletter which helped with further research into names,” he said.
“We’ve also just made contact with the family of Don Mann from Wisconsin, after Donna came up with an address and wrote to them.”
In November 2012, the project leaders said efforts to trace any of the service personnel had failed.
The bricks are now on display at the museum in Flixton.
Eadie’s Patent Hangingshaw brick brick sought
I am seeking an example of an Eadie's Patent Hangingshaw brick.
Anyone with any information on these brickworks or indeed with knowledge where I may pick an intact brick up for the collection, can contact me via the contact form on this site or direct by email to email@example.com
Any information on these works would be greatly appreciated.
Marykirk and Crail bricks sought
I would love to hear from anyone who may have a spare Marykirk brick from near Laurencekirk or a spare Crail brick from Crail in Fife.
Both examples are currently AWOL from this Scottish National brick collection. Any information on these bricks will be gratefully received.
Most Wanted !There are many many bricks still to trace and rescue. I am looking for all brickmarks and variations that I do not currently possess however the following 2 are being highlighted as 'most wanted' Pinkie, Musselbro and Lews bricks. If you find any brickmark I do not have then I will do my utmost to uplift personally or arrange postal delivery. Many thanks for your assistance and efforts to save a little piece of Scottish history.
Brick memorabilia sought
Brick related memorabiliaSanquhar & Kirkconnel Collieries headed notepaper detailing a reply to an enquiry dated 13/10/1922 to Wm Forsyth Esq, Town Clerk, Sanquhar for 8 panel paving bricks at 130/- per 1000 and signed J Gordon. Click here.
Scottish brickmaker adverts – See title bar for link.
Missing in action !
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Please click on the link below and see if you can assist with any of the queries or unidentified bricks - research takes a long time so any help in this area would be gratefully accepted.
Mystery of the Month – BRUNO
Found at the Inkermann Works, Paisley
2 half bricks found side by side – they do not match but appear to detail the brickmark as saying ‘Bruno’
Find location would suggest Scottish origins but….
Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone who contacts me with information as to where I might find bricks lying around or indeed those that actually find and put aside a few examples for me to uplift later.
This assistance is greatly appreciated and undoubtedly helps me in trying to rescue as many Scottish bricks as possible. Thank ye kindly.
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- SIB – M & B Co LIMed Patent Glasgow
- R Hinde
- Black Parks Tile and Brick Works, Stranraer
- Gilchrist & Goldie Shawfield Toll Glasgow 1876
- Douglas 80
- Heathfield B
- Douglas X
- Forth and Gartcraig bricks found on Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
- Parkers Patent No 398630
- D R Adam Paisley
- Patent William Allan Jr Glasgow
- Wm Allan Jr Glasgow
- Whitelaw & Co Bishopton
- Garnkirk Patent
- Cadder Pressed
- Bonnybridge 33
- United Fireclay Products Ltd Armadale
- Southhook Kilmarnock
- J Gilmour & Co Bonnyton Kilmarnock
- Glenboig LH13 SG10B
- Glenboig KA 426 37HA
- Etna 30
- Wm B Morrison & Son Glasgow Sanitary Engineers
- Glenboig T1E
- Grangemouth Patent
- Glenboig JJ140T4AL
- Glenboig KD286 3\
- Glenboig 38
- John Young & Son Heathfield Works Glasgow
- Clayton & Cos Alva Patent
- Glenboig A1
- Southhook + Kilmarnock
- Gilchrist & Goldie Old Langside Road Glasgow 1873
- Douglas 50
- Douglas 18 A
- A DOUGLAS
- BL’ Ferme
- Clackmannan 1872
- Clackmannan 1849
- Redston Kilwinning
- Thistle 1 1/2
- Glenboig A13
- AP Green Empire E
- Eglinton Fire Clay Work
- Wemyss AD 1952
- Patent 5 Wm Wilson Campbellfield Glasgow
- Stein Ladle 1 02
- Bonnybridge 1915
- Patent J Gilmour & Co Kilmarnock
- Docken 99 – 108
- P Brown Patent Corsehill
- P Brown Patent Corsehill
- 12 Calder
- J & M Craig Kilmarnock
- Grange Fire Brick Co 1859
- Milton Brick Wks Ltd
- Gartcraig Scotland No 6 brick found in Rockland, Ontario, Canada
- Allan & Mann Makers Glasgow
- J Allan
- Lochgelly HGE
- Lochside 1/4
- Inchcoonans 1966
- David Methven & Sons Links Brick & Tile Works Kirkcaldy
- Dougall A
- Nettle – D 2.88
- N 50
- Nettle – 67-63
- Brick and Tile Works, Carsethorn, Kirkcudbrightshire
- 5 Thistle 1
- Gilchrist & Goldie Crow Road Partick Glasgow 1876
- Glenboig KF31
- Glenboig JD400 R1
- Glenboig KM270
- Glenboig K918B 14/8Z
- Glenboig F678 LB118
- Glenboig LK93 1167
- Glenboig KG174 24/33
- Glenboig 6264
- T MA267 Glenboig
- Glenboig F KH 302 BW
- ‘Crown’ Glenboig W14
- Glenboig 37A
- Glenboig KA426 27L
- Christie & Son Stirling
- Hailes Quarry
- Glenboig 5 LA78
- Glenboig TB KJ1 / 4 A
- Glenboig KG92 801 BW
- Glenboig 451
- Glenboig 38B LJ9
- Glenboig B288
- Luke & Co
- Thistle 8 S15611
- Glenboig S
- Glenboig J349 7798
- Glenboig Y11
- Glenboig T1C
- Arniston 1860
- Mubel S A
- Howie or Hurlford water,drainage or sewer pipe
- Supports for drainage pipes
- Paver or Byre block
- Moffat & Murray
- Buchan’s Patent
- J & M Craig 3
- Govan Patent
- unidentified fire clay object
- J & M Craig Perceton Kilmarnock C
- J & R H Ltd H CX
- Gilmour & Co Kilmarnock
- J & M Craig, Perceton, Kilmarnock – Maguire’s Patent
- SPK 15-11-62
- J & M Craig Limited
- Wm Nelson Jr New-York & Glasgow – C 72
- Allan & Mann Patent Glasgow
- Tho King & Co, Bellside
- Brodie paver – 8 squares – J Brodie Ltd Sanquhar NB
- L X Southhook Kilmarnock
- Glenboig LNER
- J & M Craig Perceton Kilmarnock
- Perceton paver, byre block or ornamental brick.
- LDP Dougall
- Patent W Pollock Paisley
- N P Brick & Tile Co Torry Aberdeen
- J & M Craig Kilmarnock imported by S L Merchant & Co New- York &c
- Dougall II
- Dykehead – Bonnybridge
- NCB Whitehill
- Castlecary F
- Whitehill No 3
- Whitehill No 2
- Polton Patent
- Niddrie 3
- Etna 48
- 2 x unidentified bricks found at Kirkmay, Crail
- Hill of Beath
- Kirkmay Brick Works Crail
- 4 unidentified bricks plus pantile found at Carron Iron Works site, Falkirk
- IOHITE 18 12 21
- Atlas + A BWP 143
- Atlas + A 72
- 3 X Fire grates – possibly manufactured by The Carron Co, Falkirk – I – 10 – S – I – 7 – Rd
- Arniston 1861
- Inchcoonans 1967
- Loudon & Russell Newmains
- J & M Craig 8
- Glenboig 60
- Heathfield 4
- Glenboig Y12
- KM/00 1540
- Glenboig GK3 1662A
- Glenboig 487B KM178
- Glenboig 8271
- Glenboig HJ303
- Glenboig B289
- Glenboig T1A JC323
- Y12 Glenboig
- Glenboig 7764-1
- Glenboig OD91 712M
- Glenboig OC/74
- UT52 Glenboig FL321
- Glenboig HM99
- Glenboig HD129 A
- Glenboig 37Z
- D Glenboig KH/21
- Glenboig A GH/38
- Glenboig D GH/38
- Glenboig E GH/38
- Glenboig 102M
- Glenboig PM68
- Glenboig HB
- Oastler & Co Hayside Kilmarnock
- Coppee 0
- Glenboig 101M and Glenboig 4?5 M
- Cardowan Patent
- Young’s Glenboig
- CC Electric Cables RD No 804561
- CC Danger Electric Cables Rd No 804561
- Balgonie Colgonie
- Calder XL
- S & K Co Ltd Sanquhar
- S & K Co Ltd Buccleuch
- Various Cleghorn specials.
- Stein M
- 3 unmarked bricks
- Jas Goldie & Son Westthorn Glasgow 1887
- Gilchrist & Goldie Old Langside Road Glasgow 1875
- Mackie Beith
- Southhook Kilmarnock 3 and S Southhook L
- Nettle H & B 1