04/10/2019 – Visitors from Canada.

On 04/10/2019, Susan Findlay and 6 members of her family from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada paid a visit to the Scottish Borders while on a 2-week tour of Scotland. Susan had previously been in touch to see if I could source a brick manufactured at the Hurlford Fireclay Works, Kilmarnock.

Susan’s grandfather, James Hart Findlay used to work at the Hurlford Fireclay Works, Kilmarnock. He died in 1963 and his death certificate describes him as a retired brickwork kiln burner.

Susan also very kindly brought with her a brick stamped Hamilton which was manufactured at the Hamilton Brickworks in Ontario, Canada. There is a suggestion that these works were started by a Scotsman but this is still to be clarified and confirmed.

Below- The 2 x Hurlford bricks destined for transport to Canada.

Below – A Hamilton brick from Canada.

Below  The ‘handover’!



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