Messrs Barclay, Craig & Co, Kilmarnock were involved in the building of the Lonsdale Hermatite Iron Works near Whitehaven, England and also an on site brick works. Craig & Co appear to be J & M Craig, Fire Clay Manufacturers, Hillhead, Perceton and Dean Works, Kilmarnock and Barclay appears to be James Wilson Barclay, engineer, Kilmarnock….
Originally these works were known as the Braidwood Tile Works. They later moved to the other side of the railway and became the Braidwood Brick and Tile Works.
Canmore – Braidwood Tile Works.
Canmore – Braidwood Brick and Tile Works.
Below – 28/03/1845 – Glasgow Herald- Could this be the original sale of the land that formed the Braidwood Brickworks that Hamilton worked or does this newspaper article refer to one of the several other Braidwood Brick Works.
18/05/1850 – Perry’s Bankrupt Gazette – Partnerships dissolved – Thomas and William Hamilton of Westwood and Hallcraig, Carluke, tile and brick manufacturers – 1st May. Debts by T Hamilton.
Below – 22/12/1855 – Invoice – 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
Below – 1858 – 1859 – Braidwood Tile works. (Note – SBH – by 1896 the works had moved to the other side of the railway)
Below – 19/12/1859 – Glasgow Herald – Clay and limestone on the Estate of Braidwood, Carluke to be let……Clay for brick and tile manufacture – The clay lies along the south east side of the Caledonian railway and close to Braidwood. The clay is of the best quality, of more than average thickness and possessing facilities for easy working…apply to the proprietor of Braidwood House…… ( Note: I am uncertain as to which brick works this may have been the origins of. Braidwood brick works is likely but it could also be the Meadow Brick Works ).
1860 – 1861 – Extract from Valuation Rolls – Thomas Hamilton, Tile Maker, Hallcraig Clay Field. House – Schoularhall. Misses Robertson owned the land.
Below – 21/06/1861 – Invoice – 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
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. Note also a new design in roof tiles – a 2 ribbed version.
1878 – Thomas Hamilton – Park House Carstairs Junction. Works Braidwood by Carnwath.
1882 – Thomas Hamilton, Brick and Tile Maker, Braidwood Brick Works. Office Park House Carstairs Junction.
1897 – Thomas Hamilton, Brick and Tile Maker, Braidwood Brick and Tile Works.
Below – 1882 – Scottish brickmakers adverts.
1883 – Thomas Hamilton, Brick and Tile Manufacturer, Carluke
1886 – Thomas Hamilton – Park House Carstairs Junction. Works Braidwood by Carnwath and Auchengray.
Below – 1886 – Thomas Hamilton, Braidwood by Carluke.
Below – 1896 – Braidwood Brick and Tile Works.
Below – 1910 – Braidwood Brick and Tile Works.
Cumwhinton brick and tile works, Carlisle, England – About 1883, Thomas Hamilton who owned Braidwood brick and tile works. and Auchengray brick and tile works in Lanarkshire opened Cumwhinton brick and tile works in Cumberland, about 4 miles east of Carlisle. William Hamilton was appointed manager.
In 1901 James Hamilton, Williams son, was appointed manager. Thomas retired in 1902 and the Cumwhinton site was sold.
Below – 2015 – Study into the historical development of the Clyde and Avon Landscapes.