This product is in the possession of Ian Suddaby. Ian states – “Gustav Bischof was Professor of Technical Chemistry at the Andersonian University in Glasgow and in 1863 he invented and patented the process of filtering water through spongy iron and sand to purify it. It won a number of international medals from 1872 on….
Craigellachie Brick & Tile Co, Aberlour, Moray aka Terra Cotta Brick and Tile Works.
29/11/1850 – Elgin Courier – The Craigellachie Brick and Tile Co beg to intimate that, in addition to their present Works, they are fitting up others for the manufactory of brown ware pottery, in all its departments and will be prepared to execute orders next spring at moderate prices. The company have on hand stocks of drainage materials, chimney cans, chimney vent lining, water and sewerage pipes, flower pots, roofing tile etc. Orders to be addressed to the Manager, by Craigellachie. 27/11/1850.
27/07/1855 – Elgin Courier – John Gordon, plumbing and gas fitting establishment, 20 South Street, Elgin … J.G. would likewise intimate that he has been appointed an agent for the Craigellachie Brick and Tile Works and has on hand a large quantity of chimney cans and tile pipes of various sizes … 05/06/1855.
Below – 03/02/1864 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – Craigellachie Brick and Tile for sale. It has been in operation for 16 years. Tenant James Findlater, Balvenie, Craigellachie.
1867 – 1869 – ScotlandsPlaces – A large building used for making brick, tile & terra cotta the property of the Earl of Fife.
1867 – James Findlater – Brick and Tile Works, Craigellachie, Dufftown.
Below – 1871 – Craigellachie Terracotta Brick and Tile Works.
1886 – Edward & Birnie, brick & tile manufacturers, Craigellachie (page 289)
24/05/1881 – Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser – Craigellachie Brick and Tile Works – Mr Findlater having disposed of his interest in the above concern, he requests that all outstanding accounts may be paid to Robert Cruikshank, solicitor at his office at Dufftown before 24th June when the accounts will be closed. Mr Findlater desires to thank his customers for their long-continued support to which he hopes the new owners may succeed. Balnevie May 1881
05/07/1881 – Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser – Craigellachie Brick and Tile Works – Mr Findlater having disposed of his interest in the above concern, he requests that all accounts due to this date may be paid to Mr John Laing, Accountant, Town and County Bank, Dufftown and not Mr Cruikshank, Solicitor as formerly advertised, before 24th June when the accounts will be closed. Mr Findlater desires to thank his customers for their long-continued support to which he hopes the new owners may succeed. Balnevie 26/05/1881.
10/12/1897 – Inverness Courier – Agricultural drain pipes. A large stock of well-shaped and well-burned pipes ready for delivery sizes 2″ to 8″. These pipes will be found to withstand the effects of frost. Bricks, ridges etc. Inquiries and orders will have prompt attention. The Craigellachie Brick & Tile Co Ltd. Aberlour November 1897.
Below – 1898 – Print of the Craigellachie Brick and Tile Works.
Below – 18/12/1900 – Banffshire Journal – Advert.
1903 – Craigellachie Brick and Tile Co Limited, Craigellachie, Banffshire. Donald Morrison secretary and manager.
Below – 1903 – Craigellachie Brick & Tile Works.
Below – 23/02/1906 – Inverness Courier – Craigellachie Brick Tile and Pottery for sale.
Below – This unmarked brick was recovered by Ian Suddaby in the rivers just below the old Craigellachie Brick and Tile Works site. Ian found 3 bricks the same. All display unusual linear markings to the stretcher sides and a different textured mark to the top and bottom beds. Ian states “The most convincing fabric marks are on the stretcher faces and the marks on these bed faces are probably micro plucking (or lifting) of the clay mix as it passed through the extruder”
It is also possible that the marks on the bed faces are as a result of the bricks being laid out on sacking to dry prior to firing. The brick would be laid out and after a few days it would be turned over for the other side to dry but It is doubtful if after a couple of days the clay would still be wet or green enough to take on the sacking impression when the brick was turned.
Below – Stretcher showing regular linear striations.