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The humble brick and its place in Scottish history
The humble brick is much underrated, underappreciated, undervalued and overlooked. 'Brick' is a generic term and with regards this project it stands for any clay related products manufactured at a Brick and Tile Works - bricks, drainage tiles, sewage pipes, animal feed troughs etc etc etc.
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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 riverbank, 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
This brick is in the possession of Vladimir Smirnov and was found in Kandalaksha, Arkhangelskaya Province, Russia….
Found by Lindsay Elmore at an old gold mine outside Ravenswood, Queensland, Australia. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By…
Thank you to Olga Kubareva for forwarding photos and information on this brick. Olga is a director of…
Found by Scotty Dee in an old diamond mine at Copeton Dam, NSW Australia. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works,…
Found by Yury Kusmichev in St Petersburg, Russia. This is apparently the second such example to be…
This example was found by Sam Persons in New Sweden, Main, USA. They were buried under some…
This brick was found by Richard Shaw in Belize, Central America. It is stamped ‘Klinit R’. (It…
The following bricks were found by Jan H Hanssen from the Nederlands. They were seen on the…
The following Scottish bricks were found by Liana Bagyan Parr in Newburgh, Ontario, Canada. . . ….
Found by Pete Rainville in a creek in the middle of a forest just off a logging…
Found by Andrew Williams near the site of the Mundaring Weir in Western Australia. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works,…
This example was found near Pitkaranta in Karelia, Russia by Vladimir Smirnov. It was found at the…
The following Scottish bricks were found by Consuelo Bravo Antúnez in the heart of the Atacama Desert,…
Found by Peter Morrison on the Chance Harbour beach in Nova Scotia, Canada. Peter states – Many…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
Scouringburn Brick and Tile Works, Scouringburn, Dundee. There is also reference to the Dudhope Brickfield below. These…
13/09/1862 – Perry’s bankrupt gazette – Scotch partnership dissolved – John Wharrie and David Pollock, brick and tile makers,…
Blackness Brick and Tile Works, Brickfield, Bo’ness and Carriden Parish, Falkirk Open prior to 1834. Date of closure…
Eden Brick and Tile Works, Guardbridge, St Andrews, Fife. Canmore 10/04/1873 – Fife Herald – Burner (first…
(Note – SBH – The brickworks were situated in Chapel Street, Airdrie but I am uncertain if…
Below – 1845 – Glasgow Herald – For sale. The minerals in the lands of Craigthorn, in…
11/05/1932 – Glasgow Herald – Steam Mills – Fire and Common brick manufactory near Falkirk to be let….
1903 – Scottish Post Office Directories. Bothwell Park Quarries and Brickworks Ltd, Fallside, Bothwell, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Union…
R. & J. Moyes, 248 West George Street, Glasgow. 1869 – 1883 – William Shepherd Moyes (1879–1962)…
It is entirely possible that the Lambhill Brickworks, Lambhill, Glasgow were then renamed the Possil Brickworks. 20/07/1870…
Barskimming Tileworks, Stair, East Ayrshire. Special thanks go to SJ and Will Galbraith, Pant Farm, Mauchline, Ayrshire…
Dryley’s Brick, Tile and Pottery Works, Hillside, Montrose, Angus. Alternative brickworks include Montrose Brick & Tile Works,…
(Note – SBH – I believe these works were operated for some time by Archibald Kenneth and…
Errol Brick and Tile Works, Inchcoonans, Perth and Kinross aka Falla Brick and Tile Works, Carse of…
So far only 2 different letters have been found associated with the Dixon stamp. ‘G’ and ‘A’….
Drainage pipes and tiles – see menu link for full list
This, and 2 other similar troughs, are owned by Debbie Hanson who resides in the West Lothian…
1845 – John Young from Newton on Ayr, in collaboration with Robert Boyle produced a machine called the…
This stunning chimney is in the possession of Ian Suddaby and was found in the Falkirk area….
This chimney is in the possession of Ian Suddaby and was found in Dalkeith. Manufactured at the…
Found by Ian Suddaby in Greengairs, North Lanarkshire. This example is not in my possession. Not the…
These pencil or whistle drains were found by Ian Suddaby. They were found in 2003 at Longhaven…
Found by Geoff Hancock at Raws Farm, near Sandford, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire. The drain is ribbed and of…
Article by Ian Suddaby. The Red Burn in East Lothian is barely moving just now (22/04/2020) but…
(Note – SBH – If anyone has any information on Corporal Smith and his connection with Ayrshire,…
Found in Selkirk and kindly donated by Vicky Wood. Hurlford Fireclay Works, Hurlford, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. . ….
This was photographed in the Selkirk area and left in situ. I am not in possession of…
Found by Ian Suddaby in Ayrshire. Gully trap drain cover stamped R. Brown & Son Paisley. Caledonian…
Seen on a wall in Prestwick, Ayrshire. Photographed by Stevie Zerachy. This is a section of salt-glazed…
Found on top of a garden wall in Kilmarnock and photographed by Lynne McKinnon. This example is…
Found by Dr Jorg Ansorge in Stralsund (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Germany, a seaport town at the Baltic Sea coast….
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
Below – 1852 – Possible site of the Croftmalloch Tileworks. Below – 10/09/1855 – Glasgow Herald –…
Found by Michael Fallone in the Glasgow area. The additional mark looks like a capital ‘I’ Gartcraig Fire…
West Works Brickworks, Armadale, West Lothian. To be read in conjunction with the page for the United…
Shotts Sand-Lime Brickworks, Shotts, North Lanarkshire. See also Northfield Brickworks, Shotts. (Note – SBH – The 1985 publication…
Mauchline Brickworks, Mauchline, East Ayrshire. National Railway Museum inventory. Selwyn Pearce Higgins Archive. Contents … PSH/8/21 Notes…
Below – 18/03/1863 – Glasgow Morning Journal – Houses for the working classes – Below – 19/06/1901…
(Note – SBH – On the Scottish OS maps, there are 2 brickworks detailed – Garscube Brick…
(Note – SBH – The brickworks were situated in Chapel Street, Airdrie but I am uncertain if…
07/07/1866 – Falkirk Herald – Serious accident. A somewhat serious accident happened on Monday to a man…
Dalbeattie Brickworks, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire aka Munches Brick and Tile Works. The flood plain of the Urr has…
Below – 1859 – Auchengray Brick and Tile Works, Carnwath. These are not depicted on the 1896…
Carstairs Junction Tileworks, Carstairs, South Lanarkshire. (Note – SBH – I am uncertain as to the exact…
Cowford Brick and Tile Works, Carstairs, South Lanarkshire. (Note – SBH – I am uncertain as to…
1867 – Thomas Hamilton Brick Tile and Drain Pipe Manufacturer, Park Houses Carstairs. Works – Auchengray by Carnwath,…
The exact location of these brickworks is uncertain but it is believed to have been on the…
Scottish brick collection is now rehoused!
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Drongan brick sought
If anyone knows the whereabouts of a Drongan marked brick, I would love to hear from them.
I believe they were manufactured at the Drongan Castle Colliery, Drongan, Ayrshire.
Please get in touch if you can assist with an example for this Scottish brick collection
Information requested – Blackpots Brick and Tile works, Banff
Information is requested on the Blackpots Brick and Tile works, Whitehills, Banff.
I have a roof tile marked Blackpots but as yet a similarly marked brick evades me. Any information on to the whereabouts of such a brick will be gratefully received. Finding such a brick would be a fantastic boost to my Scottish brick collection.
I would also love to hear from anyone that has information on the Blackpots works. Did your relatives work there? Do you have any photographs or headed notepaper bearing the Blackpots name?
Information requested – Kilchattan Brickworks, Kilchattan, ButeInformation of any description is requested with regards the Kilchattan Brickworks, Kilchattan, Bute. I believe the brickworks may have been 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 – Terregles brick and tile works, Dumfries
Information of any description is requested with regards the Terregles brick and tile works, Terregles near Dumfries. In particular, I would be interested in knowing if anyone has a marked brick or tile from the works.
From an entry on Scotlandplaces and an old OS map, the works were certainly in operation between 1848 and 1850 when they were owned by M.C Maxwell Esq of Terregles.
I am currently researching these works but the information is scant.
Please click on the following link to see the article with the information gleaned so far.
“John McKnight & Son PLAN Kilmarnock” brick sought
I am seeking an example of a "John McKnight & Son PLAN Kilmarnock" 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 directly by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any information on these works would be greatly appreciated.
Tanya Martin CeramicsTanya is an artist working predominantly with clay but she also enjoys drawing bricks in all their glory. Bricks are beautiful. Bricks are solid and robust, but also very feminine, graceful, sophisticated and cool. Please click on the following link to see further information and a link to Tanyas website. Click here.
Brick stamped – “G Turnbull C Dykehead”George Turnbull Company operated various brickworks including Dykehead fire clay works, and the Bonnymuir Brick and Tile Works, Bonnybridge, Falkirk. A firebrick stamped "G Turnbull C Dykehead 3/4" was seen at the Cruden Bay Brickworks, Aberdeen in 1982 and a rubbing was taken of the brickmark. This proves that Turnbull did mark his bricks. I would be interested in knowing if anyone can direct me to where I can find an example of the stamped brick as shown below or indeed any brick marked "Bonnymuir" Click here. and Click here.
Brick stamped “Edmonstone Fire Clay Works Dalkeith Patent”Information of any description is requested with regards the Edmonstone Brickworks, Millerhill, Edinburgh, possibly also known as the Wellington Brick and Tile Works or the Millerhill Fire Brick Works. In particular, I would be interested in knowing if anyone can direct me to where I can find an example of the stamped brick as shown below. I am aware of only 1 such brick being in existence and it is owned by a farmer local to the old works. Please click on the following link to see the article with the information gleaned so far. Click here.
Brick of interest.
I believe these Greenhill bricks were manufactured at the Greenhill Fireclay Works, Bonnybridge.
The works appear to have started c. 1860 when Alexander and John Scott owned the farm and brickworks at Clayknowes, Bonnybridge.
The bricks were all found in the vicinity of the Greenhill Fireclay Works, Bonnybridge, Scotland. Letters are missing, reversed, upside down and angled. The one thing to note is that the letters are in the correct order as such albeit some are missing. They are all fire bricks. The 'Greenhills' bottom left appear to be a later version and the 'G' appears out of character from the other letters but at least it says, Greenhill! There are other stamps available from the same works with either a smaller font or later machine stamped versions but the names are complete on those.
My own thoughts are that this was a brickworks on its last legs prior to being taken over by the Clayknowes brickworks. As such the moulds appear to have been falling to bits especially the stamp in the bottom. They probably could not afford a mould maker or joiner so the moulder probably had to repair the stamp every morning and try to get the letters to stay in place. Perhaps they were split and could not take a nail to secure them. He appears to know how Greenhill is spelt as no letters are out of order. Basically, I think the moulds were in such a bad state that the moulder was happy if he managed to rig the stamp to say resemble anything that looked like Greenhill.
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 a 'Peter Weir Patent Glasgow' 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
Missing in action !
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Aberdonian assistance sought!
Any information as to where to find any bricks manufactured in the Aberdeen area would be gratefully appreciated. I have several bricks marked 'Seaton' and 'Torry' but there will be many more out there, even if they are variations on a theme eg Seaton 5, Seaton 20
In particular, I would love to hear from anyone that has a brick or drainage tile marked Clayhills, Aberdeen.
Auchinlee and Crail bricks sought
I would love to hear from anyone who may have a spare Auchinlee brick from near Motherwell 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.
Please note this is Auchinlee spelt with a LEE and not Auchinlea spelt with an LEA
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.
Help Help! – Scottish bricks, information and areas to search are all requested.
If anyone has found a Scottish brick, anywhere 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 a 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. All will be considered for a future visit.
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.
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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