Photographs and information kindly forwarded by Sam Holley-Kline who found the bricks on a sealed oil well and…
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. The humble brick is virtually unique in that it knits together countless aspects of Scottish history - industrial, agricultural, social, military etc. Unless these bricks are located 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
The following information and photograph was forwarded by Sherry Pollard. A Gartcraig brick found on the beach…
Many thanks to Bob Frost, Tasmania for directing me towards the following information. RMS Orcades was a…
The following photographs have been forwarded by Peter Simmonds. The chimney was a sawdust burner and was…
The following bricks were photographed in the works yard at Ferrymead Museum, Christchurch by Phil Jenkins. Nettle…
Photographs forwarded by Peter Simmonds. Peter works for Parks and Wildlife in the Margaret River Western Australia….
Details and photograph have been forwarded by Carlotta Bigagli. Morningside Fireclay Works, Wishaw, Lanarkshire During recent urban…
Photograph and information has been forwarded by Graeme Toll. William Wilson & Son, Brick maker and builder,…
Photographed by Angela Henry. These bricks line a fireplace at Angela’s house in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada….
Photographed in situ by Stefan Grahn at the “Lögdö Bruk” an old ironworks in Sweden – started …
The following bricks were photographed by Paul Davies at the Sunbury Plantation House, Barbados. Atlas Bonnybridge Brand…
Photographed by Ian McFadyen at at English Camp in Almaden Quicksilver Park in San Jose, California. Ian…
Once again thank you to Cris Pasquali for informing of the latest Scottish brick fins as a…
Found on the St. John River, Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada by Jamie Wong. Unidentified maker but this…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
1886 – Street Brothers, Appin Brick and Tile Works and Richard Street & Sons, Townhill ( page…
Below – 1857 – Hole Tile Works, Joppa, Ayrshire 1894 – No reference to the Hole Tile Works…
1881 – 1882 – Gilbert Alexander – Brickmaker, 7 Ratho Street, Greenock . p3
24/05/1850 – Glasgow Herald – Valuable field of coal, ironstone, fire clay and other minerals to be…
1858 – 59 – Wm Hodge, Brickmaker, Porter St, Glasgow. House 4 Great Easter Road, Glasgow 01/09/1862…
1890 – 1891 – James Dunlop & Co, Fire brick manufacturers, fire bricks, facing bricks, covers, ground…
16/08/1873 – Greenock Telegraph – Bricks – red bricks for sale. Apply to the manager, Abercorn Oil…
05/11/1937 – The Scotsman – The weighbridge, 10 – 20 tons wanted. Airdrie Brick Co Ltd, 204…
19/11/1920 – The Scotsman – Question of brick supply – In a review of the position of…
Slockavullin Brick Works, Slockavullin, Argyll Canmore Kilmartin Glen – After the last Ice Age about 10,000 years…
Craigton Brick Works, Paisley Road, Glasgow Below- 1895 – OS Map – Craigton Brick Works. 1896 –…
Glamis Brick and Tile Works, Glamis, Angus 22/03/1860 – Stirling Observer – Wanted – For a tile…
Source for information below is from the Carluke Parish Historical Society. Loudon and Miller – Coalmasters and Brickmakers,…
Rentonhall Tile Works, near Haddington, East Lothian. In use 1853, abandoned before 1893. Below – 1853…
Cardowan and Heathfield Works. The first of these works, belonging to Messrs. John Young and Son, was…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
I have added this small article to my site as although this is not a Scottish ‘invention…
Has anyone any ideas as to the identity of these brickworks Situated on the River Carron between…
1940 -1941 – Scottish Oils Ltd, 23 Bothwell Street, Glasgow. SOL bricks made from spent shale for…
William Wilson, Brick and Tile Maker, Campbellfield, Glasgow 1825 – William Wilson, Brick and Tile Maker, Campbell…
Tile Works, Dalhousie, Cockpen, Mid Lothian Canmore Below – 1852 OS Map Tile Works, Dalhousie, Cockpen, Mid Lothian…
Callendar Brick and Fireclay Works, Glen Village, Falkirk. Callendar Brickworks Callendar Firebrick and Tileworks Glen Brickworks The…
Drumbain Brick & Tile Works, Dipple, Ayrshire . TILEWORKS [Dipple] Drumbain TileworKs Dipple TileworKs Dipple Tileworks Dipple…
I am still not convinced that Luke & Co actually manufactured the fire bricks as a business….
Found at The Manual Works, Whitecross Bullnose fire brick. Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel…
Before tarmac became almost ubiquitous in the forming of Scottish streets there were various materials, tools and…
On a recent visit to Drum Farm, Bonnybridge, Scotland I came across 2 interesting modes of ventilating…
I have found 10 different ‘Martin’ brickmarks at the Hurll, Gartliston Brickworks, Glenboig. 29/06/2015 – I believe the Eglinton Silica…
Foreland Brick and Tile Works, Isle of Islay Canmore The remains of this small industrial complex stand…
22/11/1921 – The Glasgow Herald – Scottish brickmaking on short time – refers to Belgian and Danish…
Below – 29/04/1853 – Swinton Tile Works, auction TO BE SOLD BY PUBLIC GROUP, AT SWINTON TILE.WORKS…
Drainage pipes and tiles – see menu link for full list
Photographed in Bathgate Large Chimney pot marked Preston Grange in an oval stamp. There also appears to…
Found in Bathgate Lochside coal & fireclay Co Ltd Dunfermline Lochside Works, Townhill, Dunfermline This is a…
Found in the Milngavie area by Andrew Gemmell Drain pipe and joint supports. Manufacturer unknown but almost…
Found in the Auchterarder area by Pru Kennard Drain pipe and joint supports. Manufacturer unknown but almost…
The 2 drainage pipes below were found in the Auchterarder area by Pru Kennard. The manufacturer is…
Found by Pru Kennard in the Auchterarder, Perth area. Inchcoonans AD 1957 Errol Brick and Tile Works,…
This lovely example was kindly donated by Maureen Kincaid. Errol Brick and Tile Works, Inchcoonans, Dundee ….
This lovely example was kindly donated by Maureen Kincaid. Errol Brick and Tile Works, Inchcoonans, Dundee ….
Stirches Brick and Tile Works, Hawick, Scottish Borders Many thanks to Ian Chisholm for highlighting the previous…
22/05/1841 -Patents for inventions. Abridgments of specifications N° 8965. AINSLIE, John. — Machinery for making or moulding…
Whitrig Bog or Whitrighill Brick and Tile Works, Near Mertoun, St. Boswells, Scottish Borders ********************************* Whitrig Bog…
Found during drainage work in a field near Eshott, Northumbria and donated to the cause by Kevin…
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 . ….
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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' a 'Pinkie, Musselbro' brick from East Lothian and an 'Eadies Patent Hangingshaw' brick from the Glasgow area. 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.
Mytery of the Month – brick stamped ^ IH ^Does anyone have any ideas as to what the symbols on this brick mean. It was found in Paisley Scotland. Very much a conundrum – Upward pointing arrow, then a stylised I and H and then another upward pointing arrow – of course this could read the other way too if they are downward pointing arrows – H and I. Any ideas. Click here.
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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- Garnkirk Warranted Patent
- 1 Calder
- A.Bald Alloa
- Glenboig A-1 96
- BR A Hurll
- NCB Newton
- GQ 5
- Gilchrist & Goldie Shawfield Toll Glasgow 1878
- Thistle brick found in Veracuz, Mexico
- Gilchrist & Goldie V Langside Road
- Gilchrist & Goldie Old Langside Road Glasgow 1867
- S 12691 Nettle A1 M 9
- Dougall 5
- Morningside 1
- M C Co
- Bonnybridge H
- Methil X
- Dunlop & Co
- Craigend Falcon
- NCB BL\Ferme
- John Young & Son Heathfield Works Glasgow.
- J & R H
- Gartcosh W8
- A Gartcosh
- NCB Niddrie
- Starworks Glenboig
- – Calder
- Unmarked Buicks brick
- Montgomery & Gilchrist Newlands Glasgow
- Gartcraig Scotland
- Gartcraig Scotland
- Dykehead T16
- Dykehead Y12
- Dykehead W12
- T & M Love Patent Glasgow
- Beardmore Patent
- Hurll Glasgow S
- Calder O o
- Gartcosh 2
- Patent Wm Wilson Campbellfield Glasgow
- Heathfield B 2
- Heathfield 16
- Heathfield 23
- George Mossman and Alexander Thomson, Sculptors
- Wellington Sugar Mould and Tile Works, Gallowgate, Glasgow
- Douglas 12
- Roaster 12
- Aludo 4 18 – 27
- Thistle 72 – 84
- Bonnybridge 18.8
- Wood & Son Perth
- Unmarked Esk Bridge bricks?
- Wilson and Son Barlinnie
- ETNA N1
- 9 Starworks JD Glenboig
- F C & B Co Inverkeithing
- -. Nettle – D -. G
- 1 – Myrtle SD A
- Nettle 9892
- Detrick Nettle D 12
- – Stein Glasgow .
- Stein Glasgow 5
- Stein Glasgow 7
- Adamantine D – C
- New Cleghorn Terracotta Co Ld Glasgow
- Castlecary +
- Castlecary Y 8
- Castlecary U 16
- Castlecary PC 41
- ELUX – FRONT
- SBC P-Grange
- PH 85
- (Buch)anan (Pa)tent
- Thos King & Co Bellside
- J.McN.S & Co, Heatheryknowe, Glasgow – Heatheryknowe
- Heather(yknowe) (Gla)sgow
- No 4619 Mullite F
- 8954 No Mullite F
- Lochside coal & fireclay Co Ltd Dunfermline
- Patent Wilson & Son Glasgow 1851
- J & R H Ltd H JS Made in Britain
- Hailes Quarry
- Dougall A
- Diamond V
- Glenboig 20
- Docken IV
- Morningside Altos
- Stein 73D
- Glenboig 96
- Nettle – D 2-90
- Nettle – D 2-92
- Thistle 1 1/4
- Thistle 162 / 153
- Nettle A1 C
- Stein Glasgow P1
- Stein Mullite 9309 PBA
- Nettle D H
- Southhook Kilmarnock
- Little Mill
- S & K Co LTD Sanquhar
- Mackie Beith
- Millands Brick and Tile Works, Auchterarder
- RCHH 112 SCR
- Strathallan Brick and Tile Work, Auchterarder, Fife
- Dockra concrete bricks
- Preston Grange
- 5325 Nettle A ‘arrow’
- Brick with tool marks
- Omoa Patent
- Holytown Brickworks, New Stevenson, Lanarkshire
- Preston Grange
- – Stein Glasgow ..
- Stein Glasgow
- Douglas X L 4
- Unmarked Lews brick with animal prints
- John Grieve Bankpark Fireclay Works
- Brick and Tile Works, Bothwell, Glasgow
- Dalry Brick Company, Kersland and Carsehead Brick Works, Dalry, Ayrshire
- MacIntyre & Co Kilwinning
- Gargieston Brick and Tile Works, Kilmarnock.
- Armour & Fulton Redston Kilwinning
- 1833 Blackness Drain
- Gartcraig Pressed Glasgow
- Robert Brown & Son Paisley
- + Garnkirk
- Arniston 1856
- Inchcoonans AD 1957
- Den Brick Works, Kirkcaldy
- Tannochside Brick Works, Bellshill, Uddingston
- Craigellachie Brick & Tile Co, Aberlour, Moray
- Downiehills Brick and Tile works , Peterhead
- G & A
- B Dougall
- 1 Dougall
- Inchcoonans 1972
- Inchcoonans 1964
- St Rollox
- Whitehill byre or stable paver
- Brick Work, Devonside, Tillicoultry
- Redstone Fire Clay Works, Kilwinning
- Dykehead X
- Newbattle 1862
- Cleghorn Terra Cotta Co LD Glasgow
- Klinit 96 – 108
- Klinit 12
- Hurll FH 496
- Hurll C 1
- T Gilmour Kilchattan
- R & C
- 12 Hurll
- Hurll R 12
- M Ltd MA
- M B Sherriff Dunbar