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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
Terrence Honore of the Palmiste Historical Society states – It was found at the former Palmiste sugarcane…
Many thanks to Daphne Lim for the following information and photographs. Rawyards Glasgow and Hurll bricks found…
Found by Craig Penstone by the river in downtown Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, by…
Many thanks to Shayne Campbell, President & Executive Director Settlers, Rials & Trails – Argyle Museum, for…
This brick is in the possession of Leslie White and was found in the Hawkesbury (NSW) region…
These bricks are housed within the Nevada State Museum and Carson City Mint, Carson City, Nevada, USA….
These photographs were forwarded by Marleni Almonte. The bricks were found at an old house in Puerto…
Many thanks to Chantal Soucy and Jean-Marie Fallu for the following photographs. These Scottish bricks were found…
These bricks were found by Gustavo Coronel. Gustavo states – I am communicating with you for the…
This brick was found by nine-year-old Hayden Callahan in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. This is a fantastic example…
Found in Riverton, New Zealand. The photograph and information were forwarded by Cedric Trounson. Cedric states –…
This brick is in the possession of John Stevens. John states – I believe it came from…
Found by Swede Plaut at 98 Hale’s Hill Rd., Sedgwick, Maine USA. Swede states – I recently…
This brick was found by Gustavo Agustín Coronel. He lives in the City of Malagueño Córdoba, Argentina….
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
Old Aberdeen brick kilns, Aberdeen – To be read in conjunction with the Seaton Brick and Tile…
Below – 12/02/1852 – Inverness Courier – Tomnahurich Clay Field, Inverness. A field of very superior clay…
1845 – 1849 – ScotlandsPlaces – 1 1/2 miles west-south-west of Garlieston. A small portion of land…
Mayfield Brickworks, Carluke, South Lanarkshire. Info. Canmore. 14/12/1934 – Carluke and Lanark Gazette – Suggestion put forward…
The exact location of these brickworks is uncertain but it is believed to have been on the…
Larbert Fire Clay Works, Larbert, Stirlingshire. Below – 1861 – Tileworks, Larbert. 1871-1898 – Papers relating to…
Hillhead Brickworks, Partick, Glasgow – situated to the West of the mansion house of Hillhead, by Partick….
Glamis Brick and Tile Works, Glamis, Angus. Below – 11/09/1857 – Dundee, Perth and Cupar Advertiser –…
Foundry Open Brickworks, Gallowgate, Glasgow aka Whitevale Brickfield. 1825 – 1826 – George Johnston, brick and tile…
Scottish Silicate Brick Company Limited. 09/06/1896 – Dundee Courier – The Scottish Silicate Brick Company, Limited with…
Kirkmay Brickworks, Crail, Fife. Canmore – Names the site as The Pans, Crail – salt works and…
William Black & Sons Limited – Blackstoun Mineral Oil Company and Brickworks, Renfrewshire. Info – From Scottish…
1882 – Thomas B Gibson – Whiteshaw Tileworks, Carluke. Below – May 1883 – Invoice. Below –…
1840 – By the 19th century, there was a need for a school in the Newbattle area. Newbattle paper…
Milton Brick & Tile Works, Carluke, South Lanarkshire. Scottish Clay Hollow-Ware Limited appears to have operated from…
Drainage pipes and tiles – see menu link for full list
Many thanks to Mike Allan for the following information and photographs. Mike states – These two octagonal…
Found by Simon Scott in the Turriff area. This example is not in my possession. This is…
Photographed in a garden in Edinburgh by Ian Suddaby. Street Brothers, Appin Coal and Fire Clay Works,…
Photographed by Ian Suddaby at a salvage yard in the Ayrshire area. Ian states – It says…
This salt-glazed pipe is in the possession of Ian Suddaby and was recovered in Edinburgh. Ian states…
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. . ….
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
Clepington Brickworks, Dundee. (Note – SBH – Were these brickworks ever built?). 13/09/1884 – Dundee Peoples Journal…
03/02/1845 – Glasgow Herald – Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland – Implements and machines, General Show at…
1841 – National Records of Scotland – Plan of land occupied by the Tile Company on the…
John Strachan, brick manufacturer, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh or was he solely a merchant? 16/10/1880 – The Scotsman –…
Scottish Oils Limited Brick and Tile Works, Pumpherston, West Lothian and Dalmeny Brickworks. (Note – SBH –…
Notes researched and compiled by George R Haggarty. A brickwork constructed by Joseph Sandes, merchant in Leith…
Source – Sourcing Scottish Redwares by George Haggarty, Derek Hall and Simon Chenery – In those areas…
Below – 26/04/1822 – Glasgow Herald – The Netherton Quarry on the Estate of Garscube, five miles…
(Note – SBH – Please read this in conjunction with the Port Dundas Fire Brick Works as…
20/12/1955 – Aberdeen Evening Express – Two ‘decent men’ fined for theft and reset. A former brickworks…
Graces Guide information. Graces Guide information. Below – 1881 – Advert David Colville and Sons Dalzell Steel…
(Note – SBH – I am uncertain as to exactly which brickworks William Porteous was associated with….
Westfield Brickworks, Westfield, West Lothian. (Note – SBH – So where exactly were these works situated? Was…
(Note – SBH – There appears to be conflicting information regarding the locations of the Darngavil, Craigriggs…
Clachan Tileworks, Corsewall, Stranraer, Wigtownshire. 10/05/1848 – Dumfries and Galloway Standard – Kirkcolm 9th May … There…
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 email@example.com
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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