Doura by Ardrossan

(Note – SBH – If anyone has any information on Corporal Smith and his connection with Ayrshire, Scotland then please get in touch as I would love to know.  There is very little information to be found online. I imagine Corporal Smith was a local man to Montgreenan, Ayrshire who at some point emigrated to Ohio, USA and then got caught up in the American civil war).

Found by Chris Hawksworth, dumped on an old railway cutting near Doura in Ayrshire.

Manufactured at the Brick & Tile Works, Doura, Irvine, Ayrshire.

This is a salt-glazed fireclay memorial stone and is inscribed “3219 John Smith Corporal. Co. B 10th Ohio Vol. Died 25th Novr 1863 Chattanooga, Tenn” (3219 John Smith Corporal. Company B, 10th Ohio Volunteers. Died 25/11/1863 at Chattanooga, Tennesee, USA).

Battles of Chattanooga, American civil war. 23-25/11/1863.

10th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Below – The manufacturers stamp “Doura by Ardrossan”.


Below – One end of the memorial has a crossed cannon design.


Below – The ‘new’ memorial stone in situ at Montgreenan Castle.

Below – The same stamp on a wall cope found by Ian Suddaby in Ayrshire.



Below – Another wall cope found by Ian Suddaby in Ayrshire. Note the reversed ‘N’ and ‘S’s in Ardrossan.  It measures 2 feet long and 9″ high.


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