Dourie SO 2

Found by Ian Suddaby on the waste bings at the old Albyn Shale Oil Works, Broxburn.

This example is not in my possession.

Dourie – Garnqueen Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire

Alternative brickworks include:

  • Gartliston Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire.

Building bricks at Garscadden Works, Drumchapel.

Dourie is a trademark of P and M Hurll, Gartliston Brickworks, Glenboig.

Obsidianite – A trademark of Charles  Davison’s and Co specialising in refractory and acid-resistant bricks. Charles Davison’s Ewloe Barn Brick and Tile Works and Old Ewloe works were active from 1933 to 1951 and were later merged with General Refractories Ltd, and then taken over by the firm of G. R. Stein Ltd. (Note – SBH – So could this actually have been made by GR-Stein in Scotland after 1951?).

Both the bricks below were found at the same site and both are stamped SO.

The Dourie is a side arch and is stamped SO2.

It is possible that SO stands for the customer Scottish Oils. Scottish Oils Ltd was formed in 1932 from several struggling shale oil producers including the Albyn Works.


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