19/08/1899 – Falkirk Herald – Discovery of minerals near Kilsyth – Mr Street, who recently acquired Coneypark and Tomsyne Estates, Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, has been conducting operations to ascertain what minerals underlie these estates. The existence of various valuable coal and clay seams, also a very rich seam of shale, never hitherto known occur locality, has been…
Atlas Brick Works, Bathville, Armadale, West Lothian
These works were situated directly next to the Etna Brick Works.
Below – 1886 – Robert Fleming & Co, Atlas Fire Brick Works.
04/02/1888 – Falkirk Herald – Action for damages – Thomas Crawford, farmer Bathville, Armadale raises an action for compensation for damages suffered in 1887 to his grass, turnip and stock upon his farm as caused by Robert Fleming & Co, Atlas Brick Works, Armadale. He wins the case and damages and expenses to the sum of £9 5s are awarded.
25/03/1893 – Linlithgowshire Gazette – Patrick Duffy, brickmaker, Bathville charged with assaulting Helen Hempseed, brickworker, Armadale by compressing her throat and strking her head against a wall. He was found guilty and fined £2 or 3 weeks imprisonment.
Below – 1896 – Atlas Brick works.
Below – 26/10/1900 – Linlithgowshire Gazette – A history of brickworks in the Bathgate, West Lothian area.
22/01/1902 – The Scotsman (I am uncertain which Armadale brick works this article refers to but I have included it here so that it does not go unmissed!) – For sale belonging to the Executry Estate of the late Mr Marshall, Contractor. Portable engine at no 9 pit, Armadale, Bricks large quantity, Fireclay pipes large quantity and various sizes, Whinstone sets and couplings, freestone jambs, Pan Mill at New Brick Work, Armadale, Bricks (40,000 already cleaned at No 8 Pit, Freestone large quantity not including iron. The articles will be shown to enquirers Mr David Sclater, Clerk of Works, Uphall.
Below – 21/03/1902 – Linlithgowshire Gazette – An article discusses the Boghead, Bathville, South Broadrigg, Enta and Atlas brick works of West Lothian.
01/07/1902 – Dundee Evening Telegraph – The Scottish Coal Combine – Today the various collieries and brickworks belonging to Messrs James Wood Limited and the collieries belonging to the Armadale Coal Company will be formally handed over to the syndicate known as the Scottish Coal Combination. Yesterday representatives from the Glasgow office of the Combination for stock taking purposes made a survey of the whole material on hand, furnishings and coal etc, exclusive of the working colliery plant at the different collieries, along with the coal foremen. Messrs James Wood Limited own the following collieries in Armadale district: No 2, No 8, No 6 pits, Polkemmet, No 4 Hartrigg, Nos 2 and 7 Northrigg and Colinshills and also the well known Atlas and Etna brick Works. They further own Drumpelier Colliery, Coatbridge, Meiklehill, Kirkintilloch, and Neilston Colliery Kilsyth. They employ over a thousand men in Armadale district. The Armadale Coal Company own the 2 pits Nos 17 and 23 Buttness.
Below- 19/06/1908 – Linlithgowshire Gazette – United Collieries Limited per the Atlas Brick Works Armadale sued in court for damages after a 16 year old youth was scalded.
Below – 27/08/1909 – Linlithgowshire Gazette – Etna and Atlas brickworks excursion to Portobello.
12/09/1909 – Linlithgowshire Gazette – Etna and Atlas brickworks export to Canada….there is a large order for a million bricks that is being shipped from Etna and Atlas brick works to Canada that is taking up all the extra wagons. When this order has been discharged more waggons will be had for coal……
Below – 21/10/1910 – Linlithgowshire Gazette – Death of Duncan Richmond former manager of the Atlas and Etna brickworks , Bathville. He started work at the works around 1885.
Below – 25/08/1911 – Linlithgowshire Gazette – Drought causes local firms to unite in order to construct a pipeline to bring in water – United Collieries, Etna and Atlas brick works, Robertson and Loves Pipe and Can Works. Robert Muir and Co’s works at Boghead brick works will be disadvantaged as they will not be connected to this new supply but their Armadale Barbauchlaw Works may be able to secure a supply of water from their own resources.
07/05/1915 – Dundee Courier – Wanted – 2 fire brick moulders, steady work, good wages, every encouragement given to suitable men. Apply Manager, Atlas Brick Works, Armadale, West Lothian
21/03/1916 – Daily Record – Men wanted immediately for temporary employment during this week discharging magnesite from wagons on to the ground; 6d per ton will be paid each man as soon as wagons are emptied……… The Eglinton Silica Brick Co Ltd., Atlas Brick Works, Armadale.
02/12/1931 – Falkirk Herald – West Lothian Industries – Promising Revival in Brickmaking and Hosiery.