A. Kenneth & Sons Ltd, Shewalton, North Ayrshire, Ayrshire

A. Kenneth & Sons Ltd.

Brickworks owned include:

  • Annandale Brickworks, Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
  • Broadlie Brickworks, Dalry, Ayrshire.
  • Commondyke Brickworks, Common, near Auchinleck, Ayrshire.
  • Montgomery Brickworks, Dreghorn, Ayrshire.
  • Pitcon Brickworks, Dalry, Ayrshire.

Captain Archibald Kenneth of Shewalton and his two sons Robert and James, were substantial coalmasters in Ayrshire, with several brickworks using the fireclay and blaes mined with the coal.  One of their earliest was the Eglinton Fireclay Works, on the east bank of the Garnock river between Buckredding House and Weirston Lodge, and beside the Eglinton Colliery.  This brickwork should not be confused with the Eglinton iron Fireclay Works, which lay a mile to the southwest on the Ironworks site.  Kenneth’s Eglinton brickworks is mentioned in Slaters Directory of 1889 and 1900, but it was demolished by 1911.

The Warrix Fireclay Works near Irvine was built about 1896 to use the fireclay mined from the coal pit of Warrix, about a mile to the south.  The brickworks was disused by 1938, and the site is now covered by the Irvine by-pass motorway.  Kenneth made firebricks after the 1914-18 war, but this was only a small part of their main business of building bricks.  They were very large makers at their Springside, Montgomeryfield, and Annandale brickworks, with smaller production at Commondykes, Pitcon and Broadlie Works.

James Kenneth died on 23/05/1971 (Not 1972 as stated by KWS) and  Robert Kenneth, the Chairman, on 26th March 1972.  On 31st December 1977, the remaining brickworks were sold to the Glasgow Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. Source – Kenneth W Sanderson.

1893 – Eglinton Mine – Owner Archibald Kenneth & Sons, Eglinton, Kilwinning – Fire clay and Coal – Manager Charles McIntrye.

1903 – Archibald Kenneth & Sons, Montgomery Field Collieries, Dreghorn, Ayrshire.

28/07/1977 – The Glasgow Herald – A Kenneth & Sons, Brickmakers, Dreghorn, Irvine.

Kenneth brickmaker Dreghorn Irvine

Below – unknown date – advert for Kenneth Building Services. A Kenneth & Sons,

Montgomery brickworks – Dreghorn

Annandale brickworks – Kilmarnock

Broadlie brickworks – Dalry

Pitcon brickworks – Dalry

Commondyke brickworks – Auchinleck

Nitshill brickworks – Glasgow.

Broadlie Brick Co Ltd – washed sand and gravel plant, Shewalton, Irvine.

Info page 21  – Ayrshire Historical Society booklet.

Below – Many thanks to Helen Kenneth for forwarding a photo of this ‘K’ stamp. Helen is James Kenneth’s granddaughter.

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