Binny Brickworks, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian

Binny Brickworks, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian.

1844 – West Lothian Courier dated 03/09/1898) – An article about Broxburn Public School with reference as follows:-“He had been in conversation lately with Mr Thomas Hislop, who told him that when he came here in 1844 and was then appointed parochial or parish schoolmaster, the average attendance at the school was from 80 to 100. The staple industries of the place then were a brickwork, Binny Quarries, and agriculture. Later on in the “sixties,’ the shale industry was started by Mr Robert Bell, and this industry became bigger every year until in 1876 he formed a combination for extending the shale industry in Broxburn …

11/02/1861 – The Scotsman – Binny Brickworks to let. Mr Farrie at the works will point out the quarry and brickwork.

13/06/1863 – Ayrshire Express – Sequestrations – Thomas Farrie, quarrier and brick manufacturer at East Binny Quarry, Linlithgowshire.

1865 – 1866 – Thomas Farrie, brickmaker, Uphall, Edinburgh.

01/07/1890 – The Scotsman – Joint-stock companies in Scotland – John McKnight & Co, Binny Quarry, Uphall, Linlithgowshire to acquire the business of McKnight and Marshall, Cardross Brickworks and Binny Brickworks and Quarry. Capital £12,000 in 12,000 shares of £1.

18/04/1891 – Glasgow Herald –  Wanted immediately – second hand C.I pit rails and 250 yards 3″ C.I piping. Apply Binny Brick Works, Uphall.

Below – 31/10/1891 – Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Court case against Binny Brick Manufacturers, Uphall.

Below – 02/01/1892 – Lanarkshire Upper Ward Examiner – Judgement for the court case above. Damages of £200 awarded to the pursuer.

17/06/1892 – Glasgow Herald – Binny Quarry and Brickworks – For sale by public roup unless previously disposed of by private bargain, within Dowalss Rooms, 18 George Street, Edinburgh on 21/06/1892 at 2 o’clock. The Quarry and Brickworks of Binny and Cardross carried on by John McKnight & Company Limited now in liquidation, as follows:-

  1. Binny Quarry and Brickworks. Lease having 28 years to run, together with the machinery (Bradley & Craven’s Patent), plant, quarry tools and stores. A Hoffman Kiln has recently been erected. Further reduced upset price £500.
  2. Cardross Brickworks. Lease having 28 years to run, together with the machinery (Bradley & Craven’s Patent), plant and stores. Further reduced upset price £200.

The brick-making material is off excellent quality and Binny stone has long held the first place for monumental and other purposes. The purchaser will be subject to the approval of the landlords …

Below – 1895 – Binny Brickworks – there is also reference to an ‘old brickworks’ at Carledubs just south of Ecclesmachan and north of Uphall. The works are not referenced on the 1854  or  1913 OS Maps.

Below – 30/11/1895 – Sale of Binny Brickworks  – John Mcknight and Son instruct the sale.

Below – 07/04/1900 – Binny Quarry and Brickwork to let.

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