Found Drum Farm, Bonnybridge.

Unidentified maker.

The find location would suggest Scottish origins but …

There is little doubt this will be a product of either James Dougall, Bonnyside Brickworks, Bonnybridge or the Bonnybridge Silica and Fire Clay Company. Ian Suddaby found the exact same stamp on a site where demolition and products from the BSFC Co appeared to have been dumped so it is more likely this is a BSFC Co product. Other variations of the stamp could also have been made by Dougall as they were certainly manufacturing fire bricks for railway companies around the world.

The initials may stand for some sort of Railway system in South America or India as per this link to bricks manufactured in Scotland for South American Railways – click me or similarly for Indian Railways – click me

To be specific CUR may well stand for the Central Uruguay Railway of Montevideo Ltd which was registered in London in 1876. It was the largest railway company in Uruguay. It operated from 1 January 1878 to January 31, 1949, when railroads were nationalized. It worked, leased and absorbed some smaller rail systems. By the end of the era of British railways in Uruguay, CUR had a network of 1,665 kilometres (1,035 mi) standard gauge, about half of the total within the country. It owned about 170 steam locomotives and several thousand cars. In 1891, CUR’s British and Uruguayan employees founded the Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club.

Below – The same stamp on a brick found by Ian Suddaby on a site where countless BSFC Co products had been dumped.


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