This brick was found by Darlene Carey on Lockman’s Beach in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia,…
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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
Found by Gustavo Fernetti at the Central Workshops of Ferrocarril Central Argentino, Rosario, Argentina. (Note – SBH…
Found by Pavel Ilatovsky in the basement of an old iron works which dates back at least…
Found by Tassiane Freitas in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Tassiane states – “This brick was found…
Found by Hock Keong in Singapore. Hock found the Dougall brick in the he rubble of a…
The following bricks were found near to the Oil Refinery, Pointe A Pierre, Trinidad. Many thanks to…
Many thanks to Cris Pasquali for the following photographs and information. Cris states ” I found these…
Found by Chris Hill, Jack Whittles and Christa Stone at Mount Sicker, near Duncan, British Columbia, Canada….
Diego Maciel from Argentina found these bricks in an Argentinian bake house. Unidentified maker. Find location would…
Many thanks to Audene Brooks for the following information. A Glenboig W8 brick was found on the…
The following information and photographs have been supplied by Jack Whittles and Christa Stone from Nanaimo, British…
These were found by Joaquin Reyes at an old rice mill here in Imus City, Cavite, Philippines….
The following bricks were found by Benita Bond in Nova Scotia, Canada. All the bricks were found…
These bricks were photographed in Millsville, Nova Scotia, Canada by Alena Martin. Alena states ” I was…
20/04/1835 – Caledonian Mercury – Circuit Court of Judiciary, Ayr. 14/04/1835 – James Carey or Kerry, Brick…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
Powmill Brick and Tile Works, Powmill aka Pow Water Brick and Tile Works. Canmore Below – 1863…
Alva Brick and Tile works, Alva, Clackmannanshire. 25/06/1863 – Stirling Advertiser – Article on the opening of…
Below – 1860 – Glenelrig brick and tile works. Below – 15/10/1860 – Glasgow Herald – Glenellrigg…
The Scottish Employers’ Council for the Clay Industries The intervention by the government during the war in…
(Note – SBH – I find the information on the brickworks at Aberhill, Denbeath, Methil and Wemyss…
Brick and Tile Work, near to the Church of South Leith, Edinburgh 05/08/1761 – Caledonian Mercury –…
James B Smith, Brickmaker, 12 Waterloo Road, Glasgow. (Note – SBH – I am still not 100%…
28/12/1826 – Caledonian Mercury – Scots bankrupts – States of the affairs of John Gunneth, builder and brickmaker,…
The Falkirk Museum and Archives are in possession of a Bonnybridge Silica and Fireclay Co Ltd brochure. Unknown…
Below – 04/05/1877 – Glasgow Herald – The Pottery and Brickwork beloging to William Lyon and situtaed…
Canmore Boghead Brick and Fireclay Company, Bathgate, West Lothian. 1889 – Boghead fireclay works, Bathville, initially owned…
Canmore 1910 – Canmore suggests the brickworks were situated somewhere in the area of this map.
James Campbell (1830-1904), businessman and manufacturer, was born on 6 March 1830 at Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, son…
Canmore Below – 1854 – 1855 – Beecraigs Tile Works, Linlithgow. The works are disused by 1895.
18/05/1892 – Falkirk Herald – Reference to Drum Brick Works, Bonnybridge in a case of bigamy at Falkirk…
Drainage pipes and tiles – see menu link for full list
Found in Carluke. I did not take possession of this example. Cement based roofing tile. Scotcem Roof…
This company appears to have been a subsidiary of Redland Tiles Limited, Cowie and may well have…
Found by Ian Suddaby in Aberdeenshire. Cleghorn Brickworks, Cleghorn, Lanarkshire. These are not in my possession. ….
Found by Ian Suddaby in Aberdeenshire. Redland Tiles. Ltd., Cowie, Stirlingshire. It is a cement based product….
Canmore Rosyth Old Church, Limekilns is situated on the shore of the Firth of Forth between Limekilns…
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 –…
Brick Works, Waternish, Bay, Isle of Skye Please see this page on my website which relates to…
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…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
(Note : SBH – This clay field may never have been exploited.) 23/04/1946 – The Scotsman –…
Gushetfaulds Brick Works, Govan, Glasgow. (Note – SBH – This may or may not be what the…
Wishaw and Coltness Fire Clay Brick and Tile Works, North Lanarkshire. (Note – SBH – I am…
This company appears to have been a subsidiary of Redland Tiles Limited, Cowie and may well have…
Below – 19/10/1892 – Glasgow Herald – minerals, including fireclay to let at Devonside, Saline, Dunfermline. (Previously…
Below – 12/06/1869 – Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – Brickworks at Coalheughglen for sale. (Note – SBH…
04/06/1926 – Motherwell Times – Men before the Sheriff – In connection with the alleged attack on…
Skellyton Colliery Brickworks, Larkhall, South Lanarkshire. See also the Skellyton Brickworks. Below – 1859 – Skellyton Colliery…
Below – 1859 – Meadowhill Brickfield, Larkhall.
20/02/1891 – Hamilton Herald – Serious accident – On Wednesday last, a boy named John Ford, son…
Many thanks to Gladys Cuttle and the Joseph Thomson Group SC029176 for the following information. Gatelawbridge Brickworks, Thornhill,…
Below – 17/12/1946 – The Scotsman – Site at Arbroath being looked at with regards to erecting…
03/05/1939 – The Scotsman – Tile Factory at Cadder – 10 acres of ground have been secured…
Cadder Brick Works, Kirkintilloch Road, Cadder, East Dumbartonshire aka Cadder Moss Brickworks. These Brick Works were initially…
Canmore (These work may have been connected in business with the Jenny Lind Composition Brickworks – Source…
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 note paper 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 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 – 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.
“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 email@example.com
Any information on these works would be greatly appreciated.
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 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.
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 !
GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR - GLADSMUIR
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- SBC Bar Law
- Dourie 6
- Scotcem Forth
- Glenboig 26 JD 188
- Glenboig 105 M
- Glenboig FL 82
- Glenboig C
- Glenboig KA 245
- Glenboig SD
- A 18 B
- Glenboig BW 2
- GC 71 Glenboig
- Glenboig 2/994 HF 3/0
- Glenboig A-1
- Glenboig JC 155 B
- Nightstor – Major –
- 1 Atlas
- Dykehead 96
- Stein 57
- 9309 Sillimanite
- 4339 Stein HTI
- Rawyards Glasgow
- 4506 Thistle D M16
- 9832 Thistle T M18
- 4506 Thistle T M11
- 6911 Thistle D M22
- N 06265 Thistle D GD 3
- Thistle D D12 Detrick
- 4506 Thistle D M12
- Thistle 7399 A 2
- Thistle 6
- Nettle D 4
- Diamond M 1
- Douglas 2 – 6
- Glenboig L
- Nettle A1 48 – 57
- Glenboig 8
- 5911 Thistle M11
- 2983 Thistle D M11
- 8237 Thistle D M13
- NG 61 Glenboig A1 M13
- CC Danger Electricity Rd No 804561
- Arniston 1863
- Cleghorn Terracotta Co, Glasgow – Rd No 235353 The Champion Chimney Pot 138
- Atlas 1567 CL
- Dougall 1
- Centurion 240690
- Octo 10001 K
- Bonnybridge Brand
- 2 Atlas
- Etna 3
- Etna 1
- St Rollox Scotland
- Forres A Bluebell X
- Muir Armadale
- Muir Armadale 10
- Muir Armadale 8
- Hayside Kilmarnock
- Etna 1′ 9″ R
- Atlas Compn
- Atlas 2
- Forth 1
- Thomson & Sons, Gatelawbridge
- Etna 2
- Atlas + A 10008
- United Patent Glasgow
- Macbeth Bombay
- NCB Bar-Law
- Dougall BAP
- Thistle S2
- 2282 5 Stein 5
- 4023 G Thistle
- Nettle 1
- Nettle 20
- Dourie 6
- Dourie B
- RF & Co
- Roaster 12 Y
- Alcro 2475
- Stein 45 D +
- Myrtle N 1 8664
- Y8 Glenboig
- Thistle K
- 9 Nettle
- Alloa Coal Co Ltd Meta
- Bonnybridge D 5
- Castlecary 3
- Heathfield O
- Bluebell G 179
- Calder 6527
- Hurll 15 Glasgow
- Cross and oval stamped fire brick.
- Cumbernauld Patent
- Stein 2
- Danger Southhook Kilmarnock
- Bonnybridge 8 1/4
- DFC DB 13837
- Seaton Coy Limited Aberdeen
- Nettle 5
- Redland Caledonian Made in Scotland Reg Des No 933610 BS 4737550
- P & M Hurll Glasgow
- 8141 EB 7 Bigelow
- Glenboig F 116
- Calder L 40
- Thistle 25
- Thistle 37
- Unidentified brick – pellets and squares
- J & R Howie Kilmarnock 3
- Glenboig OB 297
- X Glenboig
- Glenboig 74 CR
- Glenboig HE 209
- Glenboig GG 3 PF 368
- D R Adam Paisley
- Etna 4′ “
- Torpedo Scotland
- Dean by Kilmarnock
- Nettle D 1
- Old Kirk Tile Works, Prestonpans, East Lothian
- A / 8 315Y
- LB SBC
- Warrix trough
- Nettle D O
- Nettle A1 G
- Banknock Brickworks, Banknock, Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
- Gartcraig Scotland
- Gartcraig Scotland No 1
- DLP 2
- Atlas 60 A 18/2
- Aludo 5
- Old Yester Brick and Tile Works, Yester, East Lothian.
- Bishopbriggs Brickworks, Bishopbriggs, East Dumbartonshire
- Stein 8
- Jas Goldie & Son, Shawfield Toll, Glasgow, 1884 brick found on the Cocos Islands, Australia
- Claynows Stubal
- Dougall V
- JD 60
- Diamond C1
- Christie &
- Cowdenhill Brickworks, Cowdenhill, Glasgow
- Steetley Bricks
- Dougall A 99 – 108
- Douglas B 2157
- Thistle 36 – 45
- KK 287 T 3 L Glenboig
- Afton New Cumnock
- Jas Goldie & Son Shawfield Toll Glasgow 1887
- ‘Crown’ Glenboig V8
- DFC 30
- 7111 Stein Glasgow V
- J & M Craig Kilmarnock
- John Mcknight & (Son) Plann Kilmarnock
- Hurll 67
- Calder 3
- Klinit 99 – 108
- Stein 99 – 108
- NCB Gateside
- D R Adam Paisley
- S Southhook S Kilmarnock
- Celtic Brand
- H1X Calder 3
- Centurion 181290
- 8 Calder
- Love Street Brickworks, Paisley, Renfrewshire
- Cornton Brick and Tile Works, Cornton, Stirling
- Dykehead 48-57
- Hurll 72 – 81
- 1909 Calder
- Brora Best
- J Binnie Glasgow Gartcosh
- Allan & Mann X Patent Glasgow
- Etna made in Scotland
- Cityside Glasgow
- Larkhall Silica & Coal Company Ltd, Larkhall, South Lanarkshire.
- Hill of Beath
- Shortroods Brick and Tile Works, Nether Commons, Paisley, Renfrewshire
- Redston Kilwinning
- Seaton Co Aberdeen 8
- SSX 135
- Drybrow Brick and Tile Works, Canonbie, Dumfries and Galloway.
- Preston Grange