Auchengray Tile Works, Auchengray, Carnwath, South Lanarkshire

(Note from SBH – The info below is confusing as James Allan and Thomas Hamilton appear to swap ownership /  management of these works on a regular basis. In 1878 they both appear to be there at the same time. So have I got something wrong here. Could there have been 2 sites at Auchengray near Carnwath or were they in partnership or was one the owner and one the manager. Any info to clarify the situation will be gratefully received)

Canmore – 1994 – The site of the works is now largely reduced to piles of rubble. Only one robbed out kiln can be identified, measuring 15.5m E-W by 10.7m transversely over walls 1m thick. To the NW of these remains there is a flooded clay pit, and to the S there are the ruins of a brick building which is probably Auchengray Cottage, and which measures 6.6m N-S by 5.3m within brick walls 0.3m thick and 0.4m high. A collapsed chimney, which appears to have stood independently of the building lies by its N end.

Below  – Invoice dated 22/12/1855. Thomas Hamilton Tile manufacturer, Overton near Kirknewton. House Auchengray Cottage.

Works Auchengray by Carnwrath

Hallcraig by Carluke

Nellfield by Carluke

Newbigging by Broxburn

1860 1 1/2 pipes and collars £2 and 5 shilling

300 bricks for 10/6

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Below – 14/07/1856 – Thomas Hamilton, Auchingray Tile Works by Carnwath – train accident.

Below – 1859 – Auchengray brick and tile works, Carnwath. (Note depicted on the 1896 map)

Below  – Invoice dated 21/06/1861 Thomas Hamilton Tile manufacturer, Overton near Kirknewton.  House – Park House, Cartstairs

Works Auchengray by Carnwath

Pool by Carnwath

Glenboe by Pittimain Lanark

Hallcraig, Braidwood and Waterlands by Carluke.

500 4″ pipes – £1 and 5 shilling

3350 2 inch pipes – £ and 17 shilling and 1/2d

2000 2 ” pipes – £2 and 6 shilling

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25/01/1862 – Hamilton Advertiser – Wanted a steady and experienced tile burner for Auchengray Tile Works. Apply stating experience and wages expected, to John Milner, West Bank, West Calder. 07/01/1862.

25/08/1866 – Hamilton Advertiser – For sale a black and tan setter dog, 3 years old and thorough broke. Apply to James Hamilton, Auchengray Brick Works by Carnwath, where it may be seen.

1867 – Thomas Hamilton Brick Tile and Drain Pipe Manufacturer, Park Houses Carstairs .Works – Auchengray by Carnwath, Pool by Carnwath, Carmichael by Lanark, Braidwood by Carluke and Corehouse by Lanark.

1870 – James Allan took lease of a tile works at Auchengray which worked until sequestration. Both these businesses were profitable.

28/02/1873 – Edinburgh Gazette -The Copartnery carried on by the Subscribers, the sole Partners, as Brick and Tile Manufacturers at Auchengray, and Coal masters at Wilsontown Junction
Colliery, Auchengray, Carnwath, under the Firm of Hunter and Allan, was dissolved by mutual consent, on 28th January 1873. The Subscriber, James Allan, who is to carry on the business on his own account, is authorised to uplift and discharge the debts due to, and pay all debts due by, the Copartnery. J. R. S. Hunter and James Allan.

Below – 21/01/1876 – Headed notepaper –  James Allan, Manufacturer of Agricultural and Sewerage Drain Pipes, Carluke – perforated, composition, fire, glazed stable and scullery bricks. Chimney cans, vents, vases, paving tiles, flue covers, cattle troughs, mangers, jars, stable and street blocks, byre gripping, garden borders, wall cope etc. Caledonian and Auchengray Works, Hillhead Cottage, Carluke.


1878 – James Allan, brick and tile works, Auchengray by Carnwarth

1878 – Thomas Hamilton, brick and tile works, Parkhouse Carstairs; works Auchengray by Carnwath.

1882 – James Allan – Auchengray and Braidwood Brickworks  by Carnwarth. Office Hillhead Cottage, Carluke.

1886 – Thomas Hamilton – Park House Carstairs Junction. Works Braidwood by Carnwath and Auchengray.

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