Greenhill Fireclay works, Clayknowes, Bonnybridge – Alexander and John Scott owned the farm and brickworks at Clayknowes and Cadgersgate according to the valuation roll of 1865, Slater’s Directory of 1867, refers to the Greenhill Fireclay works being worked by Scott & Walker. The brickworks is not shown on the maps of 1854, so it probably started…
1860 – Clayknowes Brick Works, Bonnybridge are not detailed.
Below – 08/03/1860 – Falkirk Herald – The clayfield at Clayknowes for sale.
14/04/1864 – Falkirk Herald – Reference to John Scott, brick and tile manufacturer, Clayknowes.
Below – 26/11/1866 – Edinburgh Evening Courant – Clayknowes brick and tile works and clayfield for sale.
25/03/1868 – Glasgow Herald – To be sold by public roup. Upset price greatly reduced. The lands of Clayknowes in the parish of Falkirk and County of Stirling situated about 1/2 mile from the Greenhill junction of the Edinburgh and Glasgow, Caledonian and Scottish Central Railways. The lands extend to 126 acres or thereby and are divided into suitable enclosures. Part of them have lately been drained and the whole are capable of great improvement. There is a valuable clay field on the property with a brick and tile work in operation.. The work can be greatly extended, the demand for brick and tiles being large and increasing, and the judicious outlay of a little capital would be sure to secure a liberal return…..
1869 – Thomas Brownlie plus two others (William Broom?) formed the Greenhill Fireclay Company by acquiring a property known as Clay Knowes near Greenhill Junction.
01/09/1870 – Falkirk Herald – Contractors wanted for carting fireclay goods from Greenhill Fireclay Works on the lands of Clayknowes to Greenhill Railway Station. Also coals from said Station to Works. Contractors to state price per ton for coals and per 1000 bricks. Full particulars will be given on application to James Affleck, Clayknowes by Denny.
Below – 1878 – reference to Clayknows in Slaters Advertiser for Denny Stirlingshire but also note the reference to Glasgow. (So was the Clayknowes Pottery in Gallowgate Glasgow part of the same Company that owned the Clayknowes Brick Works in Bonnybridge?)
Below – 18/01/1879 – The Scotsman – For sale – The estate of Clayknowes with fireclay works thereon. Reduced upset price of £9000
Below – 09/02/1881 – Glasgow Herald – Farm and Fireclay Works at Clayknowes for sale – formerly occupied by the Greenhill Fireclay Company.
11/04/1881 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – City of Glasgow Bank shareholders – A meeting of the creditors of Thomas Brownlie, coal and quarrymaster in Glasgow, a partner of the Heatherknowe Coal Company, The Blochairn Quarry Company, the Greenhill Fire Clay Company and the City of Glasgow Bank was held at the Faculty Hall, Glasgow on Friday afternoon. It was stated that the bankruptcy had been caused by the depression of trade produced by the failure of the City of Glasgow bank and by the difficulty in realising trade assets………
Below – 27/04/1881 – Glasgow Evening Post –
Below – 12/01/1887 – Glasgow Herald – The estate of Clayknowes with fireclay works thereon.
Below – 1896 – Clayknowes Brick Works, Bonnybridge (disused).
1913 – Clayknowes factory? (on the site of the old brickworks?)