The search for Scottish bricks

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.
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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

Random Scottish bricks from the collection
  • Lilliehill

    Lilliehill

    Found in Fife area  – JC Lilliehill Fire-clay Works, Townhill, Dunfermline, Fife. Canmore Little survives of Lilliehill…

  • Hurll FH 499

    Hurll FH 499

    Falkirk Museums and Archives  FMA This example is not in my possession but picture reproduced by kind…

  • Sterling

    Sterling

    Jawcraig Brickworks, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. c. 1930’s to 1970s ? Stirlingshire Brick Company – Drumbowie, Denny   Agnes Robertson Russell …

  • Flemington

    Flemington

    Gateside Brickworks, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire c.1899 – 1947. The Flemington  Coal Co. (Ltd.), coalmasters and Brickmakers, Gateside Colliery,…

Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list

Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list

Drainage pipes and tiles – see menu link for full list

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
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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.
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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 overseas

This 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, Bute

Information 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 Galloway

Information 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Featured Scottish Bricks

Dalbeattie brick sought

I am seeking an example of a Dalbeattie brick

This will likely be a product of McEwan and Shaw who started the Munchies brick and tile works, Dalbeattie in the 1850's.

A sea work 1/2 brick was found at Stranraer and on one side it would have said 'Dalbeattie' and on the other the wording ends 'haw' which will refer to Shaw above.

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 brickmarks@gmail.com

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Any information on these works would be greatly appreciated.

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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

Apart from bricks themselves I am keen to save and collate all relevant and associated memorabilia connected with the Scottish brick making industry. If you are cleaning up, down sizing etc and come across any leaflets, books, catalogues, adverts, old issues of the British Clayworkers Magazine etc, on the subject of bricks then please consider me as an alternative home for them - please do not throw them out. I will consider taking anything relevant. These items will be preserved and hopefully one day become part of a National brick related database.

Brick related memorabilia

Sanquhar & 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.

Unidentified Bricks

Scottish brickmaker adverts – See title bar for link.

Missing in action !

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Aberdeen request

Aberdonian assistance sought!

My Scottish brick collection is sadly lacking a Seaton Co Limited, Aberdeen brick or an Aberdeen brick and tile co, Clayhills brick / drainage tile.

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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.

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Unidentified bricks

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.

Thank you

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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’

Unidentified maker

Find location would suggest Scottish origins but….

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Appreciation

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. Hopefully one day when I think the collection is as near to complete as it will ever be, I will liaise with various organisations to see if we can build that National monument to the Scottish brick industry.

In particular, my special thanks go to the following who have shown a great interest in the project and have helped in many ways to assist in saving a little bit of Scottish history :-

To Tucker Kennedy - A man on a mission to find bricks! His assistance in finding bricks and showing me around Stranraer is above an beyond. He has taken this project to heart and he and indeed his good lady Susan, are out in all weathers on the hunt for new additions to the collection. Above and beyond is an understatement. I really do appreciate all the help given.

Tam Moffet, Fife - for his exceptionally generous gift of all bricks in his collection that are not currently in my collection. Also for the many items of brick memorabilia and local knowledge. My sincere thanks. ****** Tam runs the Auld Wemyss Ways, Heritage Centre, Narrow Wynd, West Wemyss, Fife - this is dedicated to the Scottish mining industry and is definitely well worth a visit. Tam runs this himself and sources the exhibits. If anyone is in possession of any mining memorabilia and would like to discuss this further with Tam then please contact him at ziggymoffet@hotmail.co.uk. All assistance in this matter will be gratefully received.*********

Jean Cochrane, Fife - Jean has been collecting for many years and in a very generous gesture indeed she has also given me all the bricks in her collection that I do not have in mine - there are some crackers! I cant thank you enough Jean and rest assured they will be well looked after.

Steven Pattison, Paisley - for picking up bricks while delivering in and around the Paisley area. He has found some cracking examples. One eye for driving and the other for catching a fleeting glimpse of a half hidden brick!

Bill Speirs, Renfrewshire - who has picked up some lovely bricks while out walking in his local area....some I thought it might take a lifetime to find if ever! He has kindly forwarded pictures of these for the site and also donated many lovely examples.

Ian Suddaby, East Lothian- for his knowledge and expertise in the field and for keeping a look out for bricks on his travels.

Roddy Ramjet Boyd, Paisley - for picking up bricks when he is out and about and for taxiing me around Paisley on my visits and oh aye , for the patter too!

Tom Slaven, Fife - for his goodwill and local knowledge and for the kind donations of bricks.

Brian Wardell, Northumbria - for finding many a brick from the North of England area. and for dropping them off!

David McGarrigle, Paisley - for spotting and donating some great bricks, including a rather elusive Inkermann.

Robert Jamieson - for keeping his eyes peeled in North Ayrshire. Some lovely bricks have been donated from the area, which I doubt I would never have found myself.

Special thanks go to William Anderson and Alison Wilkie both of the Inverness area for their assistance in local dialogue, information, research, newspaper cuttings and photographs. Many thanks to you both.

A big thank you to Dave and Rose Harvie, Dumbarton for their hospitality and local knowledge.

Many thanks to Elma and Pete Gallacher, Drum Farm, Bonnybridge for their permission to wander around their farm at will looking for bricks. Some lovely examples were found. A warm and friendly welcome is given whenever I appear. It is all much appreciated. Their local knowledge is much valued too.

A warm vote of thanks goes to Harry Wilson, Bonnybridge. Harry is often here and there scouting out sites to visit and laying aside possible new examples for the collection. His knowledge of the Scottish brick industry in invaluable and I fully appreciate all his information and insight.

To John Bramall a particular huge thank you for all the insight into his career in the brick manufacturing industry. Hugely informative on the technology, products, company associations and day to day running of such enterprises. All very much appreciated.

To George Kennedy - what an absolute gent and a fount of knowledge for the Carluke and wider area. His local knowledge is second to none and his generosity in providing brick examples and volunteering to act as a local guide is very much appreciated. George is often assisted by 2 dedicated cohorts namely Sammy Robertson and Jacky Rafael. When I am able to accompany all 3 out scavenging for bricks, their patter and willingness to assist the 'cause' are second to none. Thank you gentlemen.

To Jeanie and Peter Gordon - their hospitality and offer of assistance in supplying information on the Carty Tile Works was second to none and to top it all I was given a Carty tile and brick which I doubt I would have found on my own. Thanks folks.

To Jock McMaster - a very enthusiastic gent with a very similar interest in Scottish history to mine. He took valuable time out to help me look for specimens in the Monreith area and topped it up by donating some cracking examples of brick and tile. Thank ye kindly.

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