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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
Found by Vassily Khvalyuk in Sevastopol, Russia. . . . . Below – Patent Wilson & Son…
This brick was found by Александр Лушников in Kiev, Russia. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks…
Found by Noah Gallan in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. The bricks were found in a fireplace purchased…
Found by Matt Elsworth. . . . . Below – Morningside – Morningside Fireclay Works, Newmains, North…
Found by Anthony Hall at the Roebourne Gaol, Western Australia, Australia. The brick was used to build…
The following bricks were found by Mark Lloyd at Jarrahdale, Western Australia. The bricks were located in…
This brick is in the possession of Boris Talpa, Rostov on Don, Russia. It was found at…
This brick is in the possession of Boris Talpa, Rostov on Don, Russia. This brick was found…
The following bricks are in the possession of Boris Talpa, Rostov on Don, Russia. They were found…
The following Scottish bricks were photographed by Lyn Bostock at Grand Baie, Mauritius. . . . . Below…
Found by میرشمس الدین پیراسته فرد (Mir Shams Addin Pirastefard) at Shour Valley Geosite, Qeshm Island, Iran….
This brick is in the possession of David Hensley from Kansas, USA. It was obtained from a…
These bricks were found by Paul McCullum and his son, Sam, on the banks of the East…
Found by Rish Ramoutar during excavating foundations for a house in the Aranguez District, Trinidad. Gartcraig Fire Clay…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
Larbert Fire Clay Works, Larbert, Stirlingshire. Below – 1861 – Tileworks, Larbert. 1871-1898 – Papers relating to…
Crown Fire Clay Works, Glasgow. (1872 – 1873 – Thomas Brownlie of Heatheryknowe Coal Co – House…
Below – 12/07/1828 – Edinburgh Evening Courant – The brickfield and others belonging to the town of…
Canmore Seafield Brick and Tile Works, Dunbar, East Lothian aka Belhaven Brickworks. Noted on the OS maps…
Arniston Coal, Lime & Brick Works, Gorebridge, Midlothian. (Note – SBH – I am uncertain as to…
Dargavel or Dargarvel. See Alexander Whitelaw. 1869 – 1870 – Alexander Whitelaw & Co., brickmakers. builders, and…
(Note – SBH – There is some confusion regarding bricks stamped AFTON with regards their exact origins….
04/03/1933 – Dundee Courier – New Scottish companies. Granton Brick Co. 9 York Place, Edinburgh, to carry…
(Note – SBH – The info below is confusing as James Allan and Thomas Hamilton appear to…
Tannochside Brickworks, Uddingston, South Lanarkshire. Canmore Archibald Russell Ltd – mining details The information on Archibald Russell…
Mossendgreen Brick and Tile Works, Fossaway, Dollar. 14/05/1851 – North British Agriculturist – Mossendgreen Brick and Tile…
1851 – 1852 – Frederick Nicholson, Mainholm Tileworks, Newton, Wallacetown, South Ayrshire.
Binny Brickworks, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian. 1844 – West Lothian Courier dated 03/09/1898) – An article about Broxburn…
United Fireclay Products, Atlas Brickworks, Armadale, West Lothian. Alternative brickworks include: Etna Brickworks, Armadale, West Lothian. Brownhill…
Below- 07/04/1764 – Caledonian Mercury … Mid Calder … Wanted also a person well skilled in making…
Drainage pipes and tiles – see menu link for full list
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. . ….
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…
Scottish brick history – see menu link for full list
Muirhouses Brickworks, Eglinton Street, Glasgow. (See also Barlinnie Fireclay Works and Campbellfield Brick Tile and Pottery Works…
16/03/1854 – Caledonian Mercury – Sequestration examination. Thomas Gardner, brickmaker and general builder in Glasgow and residing…
1852 – Sir John S Forbes, Brickworks, Sandhaven, Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire. Robert Galloway, manager. 30/06/1842 – Fraserburgh Herald…
Glentore Fireclay Works, Greengairs, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire. These works may have been a fireclay mine as opposed…
Clayfields, Westquarter, Falkirk, Stirlingshire. (Note – SBH – The articles below refer to clay deposits on the…
Croftfoot Brickworks near Kilmarnock. (Note – SBH – If anyone has any information at all on these…
Researching through the old newspapers there are several references to brickworks being located in the South Leith…
Coats Brickworks, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire – two sites. (Note – SBH – There are 2 brickworks detailed…
1845 – 1849 – ScotlandsPlaces – Culmore Tileworks. A large manufactory of bricks and tiles but chiefly…
1845 – 1849 – ScotlandsPlaces – Whitecrook Brick and Tile Works. South of the road from Stranraer…
Scone Tileworks, Blairhall, Scone, Perthshire aka Blairhall Tileworks. 15/04/1847 – Perthshire Advertiser – Contractors wanted for erecting…
Westmuir Tileworks, West Calder, West Lothian. (Note – SBH – At the time these tileworks were established,…
1858 – 1861 – ScotlandsPlaces – Woodside Tileworks. This is a wooden shed and brick kiln and…
17/06/1854 – Paisley Herald – 3rd Glasgow Agricultural Society Show. Implements and machines. For the best improvement…
1848 – 1851 – ScotlandsPlaces – Kirkchrist Brick and Tile Works. A brick and tile manufactory having…
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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