This brick was found in St Petersburg, Russia by Vladimir Smirnov. The manufacturer is unknown. The ‘look’ and fabric of the brick does suggest Scottish origins but … In particular, the brick has a ‘look’ of a P & M Hurll, Glenboig product. Ian Suddaby has suggested one possibility – The Lanarkshire Steelworks, Motherwell, Scotland…
Emile Francois Duvoisin (Born Yverdon 06/09/1852 – 1937).
P & M Hurll, Gartliston and Garnqueen Works, Glenboig, North Lanarkshire.
1869 – Emile Duvoisin moved to Glasgow, Scotland. He had a brother and sister who resided in Scotland for a period of time.
1870 -1871 – A. Duvoisin (at Reichman & Co.’s), house, 7 Walworth Terrace, Kent Road, Glasgow.
1872 – 1873 – A. Duvoisin. (at Reichman & Co.’s), house, 7 Walworth Terrace, Kent Road, Glasgow.
Further examination of Duvoisin surname reveals the following connection to Hurll … (The 1870 reference is for A Duvoisin whereas the references for Hurll below are for E Duvoisin).
Emile Duvoisin is of Swiss origins. He was employed by Peter and Mark Hurll.
1878 – 79 – Emile Duvoisin, 49 West George Street. James Eadie. (of James Eadie & Sons), residence.
James Eadie – Iron and steel tube makers for mines etc.
1880 – 81 – E. Duvoisin, iron and commission merchant, 58 Renfield Street; Ho. 4 Windsor Terrace.
1881 – Census – Emile Duvoisin, from Switzerland, was an iron merchant living at 27 Windsor Terr, Glasgow.
1882 – 83 – E. Duvoisin, iron merchant and broker, 58 Renfield Street; Ho. 27 Windsor Terrace.
1886 – Emile Duvoisin, married Sara Hurll (1856-1951) in 1886 at Gartcosh, Lanarkshire.
1886 – 87 – E. Duvoisin, Iron merchant 79 West George St.
1891 – Census – Emile Davaisin (this is an ancestry transcription) is married to Sarah with son John, living at 6 Broomhill Ave, Glasgow.
24/11/1892 – Carriage windows closing, E. F. Duvoisin, Glasgow. A reference in “The Engineer” regarding a patent.
1897 – 98 – Emile Duvoisin (of Peter and Mark Hurll Ho. The Moorings, Milngavie.
1901 – Census – Emile Francois Duvoisin and family were residing at The Moorings, Milngavie, New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire.
1902 – 03 – Emile Duvoisin (of Peter and Mark Hurll), 144 West Regent Street; house, 21 St. Andrew’s Dr.
1903 – Emile Duvoisin (of Peter and Mark Hurll), 144 West Regent Street; house, 21 St. Andrew’s Dr.
1904 – 05 – Emile Duvoisin (of Peter and Mark Hurll), 144 West Regent Street; House, 205 Nithsdale Road.
1907 – Emile Duvoisin – Fire Brickmaker – see Hurll Peter & Mark.
1917 – 18 – Emile Duvoisin (of Peter and Mark Hurll, Ltd.), 144 West Regent Street; Ho., Cairnbank, Bearsden.
1923 – 24 – Emile Duvoisin (of Peter and Mark Hurll, Ltd.), 144 West Regent Street; Ho., 4 Kensington Gate.
1926 – Émile F. (Wrongly recorded as Émile J.) Duvoisin and his wife Sara (née Hurll) travelled from Liverpool to Albany, W. Australia in 1926 onboard the Ulysses. His occupation is given as “brick manufacturer” on the passenger list.
1928 – 1933 – Émile F. Duvoisin was chairman of Peter & Mark Hurll Ltd. (Information from family history).
1930 – 31 – Emile Duvoisin (of Peter and Mark Hurll, Ltd.), 144 West Regent Street C.2; Ho., 4 Kensington Gate W.2.
05/08/1932 – Kirkintlloch Gazette – Armand Rodolphe (not Rudolphe) Duvoisin (1887-1952), a son of E.F. Duvoisin was an engineer at Peter & Mark Hurll Ltd, Gartliston Works. Armand was sued unsuccessfully by a lady for £200.
1934 – Emile Francois Duvoisin resided at Ramoan House, Glenboig.
28/04/1937 – West Australian Perth Newspaper – Duvoisin. — Deaths – On April 28, at Glasgow, Emile Francois Duvoisin, father of Marguerite S. Morgan and grandfather of John, 95 Stanley Street, Nedlands, Perth, Australia.
Below – Glenboig and Annathill WW1 memorial John Duvoisin – John appears to have been missed from the original list and added to the end.
Name: John Hurll Duvoisin
Initials: J H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
Unit Text: 9th (Glasgow Hdrs.) Bn.
Date of Death: 15/07/1916
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 15 C.
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial.
(It is likely that Sarah was a member of the Hurll brick manufacturing family hence the inclusion of her maiden name as a middle name for her son, John Hurll Duvoisin).
10/03/1951 – Sarah Hurll died.