This Castlecary brick forms part of a fire place of a house built in 1952 at Rosemere,…
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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 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
Excavations, Surveys and Heritage Management in Victoria (Australia). Volume 5 2016. Source From the above paper it…
This brick was found by Mattias Deklau in an old house at Karevere, Jarva Maakond, Estonia. The…
Source – Arthur H Vinal in his book Edmund March Wheelwright and the chestnut hill, suggests that Wheelwright,…
Found by Alan Maher in Sydney, Australia. The bricks below formed part of a BBQ that Alan…
A wonderful day was had when I met Vladimir Smirnov and his family yesterday in the Scottish…
This brick was found in Iceland and photographed by Halldora Blair. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire….
Thistle brick found by Michael Long in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. He found a pile of them…
Found by Jocelyn Decoste In Motreal , Canada. Jocelyn states ” I found it myself at my home…
Found by Chris Merritt at the site of the Huron Copper Mines, Upper Peninsula, Michigan. J &…
Found by Robert H.J. Shears at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Robert states – “I am an archaeologist…
This brick was found by Ruth Boudreau while out ‘sea glassing’ on the shores of Lockman’s Beach,in Sydney…
Photographed by David Ivey. The bricks were used to build O’Hara’s Battery, Gibralta. O’Hara’s Battery is an artillery battery…
Found by Erin Dippel at Gaspe, Quebec, Canada. This was once a WW2 Naval Base. It is uncertain…
Found by Darrian Borick, heritage management post graduate student in Australia at the University of Queensland. Darrian was…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
Canmore 1910 – Canmore suggests the brickworks were situated somewhere in the area of this map.
Below- 1910 – Foulshiels Brick Works – Disused. They are not depicted on the 1905 map….so did…
Canmore Below – 1857 – Howgill Tile Works. The Works are disused by 1898.
Canmore Below – 1857 – Branteth Tileworks. The works are disused by 1898.
Craigburn Tile Works, Carlesgill, Langholm, Dumfriesshire aka Carlesgill Tile Works. Canmore Below – 1857 – Craigburn Tile Works….
Dunshelt Brick and Tile Works, Auchtermuchty, Fife aka Daneshalt aka Dunshalt Ceramics. Canmore Below – 1854 – Dunshelt…
Canmore Below – 1854 – 1855 – Trinlymire Brick and Tile Works. The works are disused by 1895….
Canmore 27/07/1849 – Glasgow Herald – Farm to let – Darngaber containing about 73 acres or thereby is…
Canmore Below – 1858 – Draffan Brick and Tile Works. The works are disused by the 1896…
Canmore Below – 1858 – Scoularhall Tile Works, Carluke.
Canmore Below – 1861 – These Tileworks were disused by this date.
Below – 1863 – 1864 – Powmill Brick and Tile Works. They are disused by the 1899 map.
This mark was photographed on a fireclay chimney pot in the Glasgow area. I believe it represents…
Below- 07/04/1764 – Caledonian Mercury – …..Mid Calder ….wanted also a person well skilled in making brick…
The following individuals are referred to in the 1877 Annual Register for Clackmannan. There were others mentioned too…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
1868 – Moore, J. W., of Greenhall, High Blantyre 1878 – 1879 – Moore, J. W., of Greenhall, High…
07/09/1849 – Glasgow Herald – Horticultural exhibition and grand promenade – ….in front of this was a…
GR – Stein Refractories Ltd Below – 1930’s Advert for Dykehead firebricks as manufactured by General Refractories….
Canmore – Alternative Name(s) Afton Brick Co Ltd; Avon Brickworks; Redford Fireclay Works; Candiehead, Brickworks Avonbridge Brick Works, Falkirk…
Below – 12/07/1828 – Edinburgh Evening Courant – The brickfield and others belonging to the town of…
Falla brick and tile works, Carse of Gowrie, Errol – these may be the same works as…
(Note from SBH – The info below is confusing as James Allan and Thomas Hamilton appear to…
Info – Kelvinside brickworks was situated in the Maryhill district of Glasgow and operated from about 1873 to 1930…
Maddiston Brickworks, Muiravonside, Stirlingshire. Canmore Below – 05/06/1888 – Edinburgh Gazette – Maddiston brick and quarry company…
Wiki source J. W. McMillan (May 5, 1850 – December 1925) was an industrialist and brick supplier….
Found by Lynsey Young at Muirhouses Farm, Perceton, Nr Irvine Wm Nelson Jr New-York & Glasgow –…
08/05/1862 – Stonehaven Journal – Tile Work erections for sale – The whole erections and plant at…
Blackhill Brick Works, Bishopriggs, Lanarkshire and others. The ATC brickmark was produced at various brick works under…
Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire. Stein & Co,…
Commondyke Brickworks, Common, near Auchinleck, Ayrshire. C is attributed to this brickworks by the Scottish brick survey…
Drainage pipes and tiles – see menu link for full list
These drains and collars were found by Ian Suddaby in Fife near to Inverkeithing. They show evidence…
Below – 3 x spigot and socket water pipes with ‘runic’ type symbols scratched into the tiles…
Found by John (Ian) Jones in the Ayrshire or Lanarkshire area. Unidentified maker. Find location would suggest…
Both the roof tile and the unmarked brick were found in France. Kindly donated by a visitor…
I have added this newspaper article for interests sake. William Brown, Broomielaw, Glasgow is advertising ‘draining slates’ for…
Found by Jackie Thompson in the Polton, Mid-Lothian area. Newbattle Brickworks, Newtongrange, Midlothian. . . . ….
Found by Tucker Kennedy in Ayrshire. Loudon & Russell Allanton brick tile and fireclay works, Newmains 1964 –…
Photographed by Tam Nugent. The salt glazed coping formed the top of a garden wall in Ayr….
Found by Andrew Gemmell in the Cadder area of Glasgow. Errol Brick and Tile Works, Inchcoonans, Dundee…
Found by Ian Suddaby in Carluke. A section of water channel. Louden & Miller, Mauldslie Brick &…
Found at the Cleghorn site. Cleghorn Brickworks, Cleghorn, Lanarkshire. This looks like a section of broken roof…
Below – January 1842 – Farmers Magazine – Lord James Hay visits Baldovan House, Dundee explains the…
Found by Michael Fallon in the Glasgow area. Tuileries de Beauvais 6 Made in France Terracotta roof…
Found at the Hilton Fire Clay Works. Buicks, Hilton Fireclay Works, Alloa. . . . . .
Found at Ardrossan, Ayrshire. Plann Fireclay Works, Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. Broken section of salt glazed sewer or…
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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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.
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.
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.
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 weer 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 information is scant.
Please click on the following link to see the article with the information gleaned so far.
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 note paper bearing the Blackpots name?
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 albeith some are missing. They are all fire bricks. The 'Greenhills' bottom left appear to be a later verson 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 brick works 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.
“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 direct by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any information on these works would be greatly appreciated.
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
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
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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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 e'g Seaton 5, Seaton 20
In particular I would love to hear from anyone that has a brick or drainage tile marked Clayhills, Aberdeen.
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
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 Brick of the Month – stamped “Heather”Found in Larbert, Falkirk, Scotland. The manufacturer of this brick is unknown. The find location would suggest Scottish origins. The brick was found in a stacked pile in a garden. It was the only one of its kind among other bricks all marked Glenboig, Castlecary or Thistle which are all Scottish trademarks. I have no doubt it is from the same stable as one of the above – but which one? 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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- Preston Grange
- Ferguslie R Brown Paisley
- Whitehill – unmarked brick
- Street Brothers Appin Fire Clay Works Dunfermline
- W Torrance Camps
- ‘Crown’ Larbert
- Stuart Brown (& Co) Larbert
- F & S Inverkeithing
- J D
- Moorfield Tile Works, Coalhill, Ellerslie, Ayrshire
- R & W Horn Patent
- NCB Skares
- Heathfield G
- Cleghorn Terracotta Co Glasgow VI H
- Starworks JD Glenboig R
- Niddrie 6
- Whitehill No 4
- Thornton & Sons Portobello
- Glenboig Special R 328 9 A
- Devonshaw Tile Works, Powmill, Fife
- Scotland Glasgow 1 brick found in Estonia
- Garturk Brickworks, Calder, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire
- 3 Glenboig
- Glenboig BC 699
- Falcon A
- Glenboig ES
- Glenboig 35KB A858
- Glenboig G 1
- Glenboig 3
- Starworks J*D Glenboig J
- J Starworks J*D Glenboig
- Glenboig ‘Crown’ V16
- 7 Dourie
- Glenboig O
- Thistle C
- Starworks J*D Glenboig E
- Glenboig 14
- Glenboig L OH 463
- Glenboig NM 351 D
- Glenboig T
- Glenboig 4S
- Glenboig B
- Glenboig B
- Glenboig OL 371
- Thistle –
- Gartcraig Patent Glasgow
- Atlas Coatbridge
- Doura Works by Irvine
- Glenboig G
- Bourtreehill Irvine
- Heathfield 18
- Hurll 16 Glasgow
- G V
- Glenboig 15
- Flat arch bricks
- Robert Brown & Son Ltd Paisley
- Bothwell Park
- Gilchrist & Goldie Crow Road Partick Glasgow 1868
- Gartcraig Glasgow
- M & C Ltd
- Glenboig PM103 5193 Bigelow ‘Crown’
- Steele, Edinburgh
- The Buccleuch Sanquhar
- Scotia FW & Co
- Nettle L
- Nettle D 629Z
- 218Z Nettle D
- Drumoin Brick Work, Govan Glasgow.
- Springburn Brick Works, Petershill, Glasgow.
- Nettle D A
- Bonnyrigg Patent
- Stein 40 G
- Nettle DA
- Robert Brown & Son Ltd Paisley
- Falcon L
- Carmichael Alloa Carmichael Alloa
- Spin MC 2
- Spin MC 1
- Dykehead Bonnybridge
- C Buick & Sons Alloa
- Dougall 3
- Glenboig 35 YB
- Dougal Winchburgh
- Atlas 2 1/4
- Preston Grange
- 9 Starworks J*D Glenboig
- Whitehill No 12
- Glenboig A1 and Atlas bricks found in Zaandam, Holland
- X Morningside
- Dykehead Royal
- T McKaig Paisley
- J Gilmour & Co Kilmarnock
- Newbattle Brickwork
- Unmarked Cults cement brick
- Unmarked Broomhall brick
- Dougal Winchburgh
- WBC F50
- Loudon & Russell Ltd Newmains HIC 2-2-0302 F-D
- Pitcon 2 5/8
- RB 13
- J McKnight & Son Plann Kilmarnock
- Hurll A
- Hurll C6
- S S
- Alva – Clayton & Cos Patent
- B Gartcosh
- Inchcoonans 1974
- Camlachie Brick Works, Shotts Road, Glasgow.
- Hilton Works Alloa
- Thistle >
- Stein Ladle
- Thistle Ladle 1069
- Gem X
- 6P Dourie
- BM Scotch Y8
- Glenboig Special W12
- Refractaire Superieur
- HD 90 Nettle –
- Nettle – D 36 48
- 7146 Stein Glasgow
- College Park Brickfield, Hunter Street, Glasgow
- Nettle D 311Y
- L – MS A & N DET
- Nettle E
- Unmarked fireclay sleeve
- Nettle 1 A
- Stein 40 L G
- Stein 40 L C
- Nettle – D < 2.94
- Nettle – D CB-2
- SC CB2 ND
- Nettle 56 – 433
- Nettle – 56 – 233
- Nettle – 24 33
- Stein 40L
- Nettle A_1
- Nettle A1
- 1784 Sillimanite LSPE 7102 W Detrick
- 1667 Stein HTI
- Shawsrigg Fire Clay & Enl Co Ld Glasgow
- Greenhall High Blantyre
- Glenboig 36
- B G
- Gibb & Son.s Auchinlee
- Starworks J*D Glenboig
- T U C
- Danger Electric Southhook Kilmarnock
- Patent Wilson & Son Glasgow 5
- Glenboig 111 G
- Mark Hurll Glassgow E
- Garnkirk 2
- IGNIS 4
- C & A Christie Gladsmuir Brick Work
- Patent James Allan Craighall
- Carbrook Clay Mine, Torwood, Falkirk
- 100021 – B Glenboig A-1 ‘Crown’
- 35 Glenboig
- VC Co
- Lineta 40
- Unmarked Torlundy cement brick
- Glenboig B6
- Glenboig 72
- Glenboig 50
- Starworks J*D Glenboig D
- Hurll 5 Glasgow
- Garnkirk Patent
- Speirs Gibb & Co Paisley – Caledonia
- Falcon A
- J & M Craig Ltd Kilmarnock Scotland 3
- Pitfour 2
- Dykehead 45
- Boghead Glasgow
- Bluebell G
- Dykehead C
- Glenboig FCCA
- Glenboig 24
- Glenboig HA 1 DC 508
- Glenboig RA 372 A
- ‘Crown’ Glenboig A-1 V16
- Starworks J*D Glenboig W
- Thistle M
- Unmarked bricks – Gatehouse of Fleet?
- Unmarked bricks – Bonnymuir?
- NCB Newton
- Coltness 63″
- Coltness 24″
- Coltness 18″
- Starworks JD Glenboig X
- Glenboig E
- Glenboig A
- Glenboig Glasgow Hurll & Co
- Cuttlehill Tile & Brick Work Fife – Shire Patent
- 1 Cumbernauld
- Unmarked Kirkforthar brick.
- Morningside S
- Heathfield 2
- Etna 2′ 6″
- Dougal Winchburgh