Inverkeithing Fire Clay and Brick Co, Inverkeithing

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Inverkeithing Brick Works later renamed The Inverkeithing Fire Clay Works and The Fire Clay and Brick Co, Inverkeithing.

1825 – William Stephens in his ‘The story of Inverkeithing and Rosyth” states that James McVicar was working the Inverkeithing fireclay prior to 1825.

1837 – James McVicar – Firebrick Maker, Inverkeithing. (Note – SBH – It is likely but not certain that the references below to Mr McVicars brick works may well be the early occupier of the Inverkeithing Fire Clay and Brick Co site – can anyone clarify?)

12/08/1843 – Leeds Intelligencer – Scotch sequestrations – J McVicar, Inverkeithing, brick manufacturer.

Below – 15/11/1843 – The Scotsman – The sequestrated Estate of James McVicar, brick manufacturer in Inverkeithing.

May 1844 – Invoice from the Inverkeithing Brick Works occupied by Fraser and Sanderson.

05/09/1844 – Fife Herald – Inverkeithing  – Accident – some days ago while some labourers were engaged in a clay quarry near this town, belonging to Messrs Fraser and Sanderson’s Brickwork, a portion of the quarry gave way and buried under it a man of the name McCallum. When the clay was removed and the man taken out it was found that both his legs were broken, but we are happy to learn he is in a fair way of recovery. He has a family but they are all grown up.

09/12/1846 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – ……..   Tender for fire bricks. The tenders for supplying 75,000 bricks for the harbour works were next opened. The Aberdeen Brick and Tile Company offered to supply 1/2 of the quantity required at 36s per 1000. Messrs A & W Nicol’s tender was also for 1/2 of the quantity at the same price. Both of these tenders were accepted. There was also on the table an offers by Messrs Fraser and Sanderson, Invekeithing to supply any fire bricks that might be needed for the harbour at the rate of 63s per 1000. Mr Abernethy stated that fire bricks would be very useful in some portions of the works on account of their durability. Permission was granted for him to get as many as might be required.

25/09/1851 – Fife Herald – Dunfermline Horticultural Show – …..Among the articles forwarded to the exhibition we might have noticed the large aud varied collection of vases, requisite to the ornament of the flower-garden, forwarded by the Messrs Fraser and Sanderson, Inverkeithing. ….

Below – 1854 – Inverkeithing Fire Brick Works.

1859 – Kenneth W Sanderson states Fraser and Sanderson operated the works from 1844 to 1859, when Frazer became the sole owner.

29/12/1866 – Dunfermline Saturday Press – Deaths – At Bombay on 20th ult, of typhoid fever, Mr David Moodie of the Bank of India, second son of Mr Peter Moodie, brick works, Inverkeithing in the 26th year of his age. Deeply regretted by all who knew him.

1867 – William Fraser, Inverkeithing Fire Clay Works – Peter Moodie Manager (page 662)

1877 –  Kenneth W Sanderson states  John Ross took over the works and renamed the works the Inverkeithing Fireclay and Brick Company.

Below – 16/05/1877 – Glasgow Herald –  Inverkeithing Fire Clay Works as has been carried on by the late Mr Fraser.

01/11/1877 – Falkirk Herald – an article on trade in Inverkeithing….. The other industries of the town also passed recently through period of probation, but they are now in a fair way of regaining and extendiing their previous prestige. The fire-brick and tile works, and the rope and salt works are one and all in active operation……

06/11/1880 – Dunfermline Saturday Press – Drain pipes, all sizes at the Inverkeithing Brick Works.

Below – 1882 – Advert for Fire Clay and Brick Co, Inverkeithing.

Below  – 17/08/1882 – Dundee Evening Telegraph  –  Abandonment of a Montrose schooner – Board of Trade enquiry. While on a voyage from Inverkeithing to London with a cargo of firebricks and fireclay the ‘Tyne’ took on water and was abandoned by the crew off Whitby, Yorkshire.


Below – 1886 – Inverkeithing Fire Clay and Brick Co.

1886 – Street Brothers, Appin Brick and Tile Works and Richard Street & Sons, Townhill ( page 551).

The Inverkeithing Fire Clay and Brick Co (gas retorts, bakers oven retorts, fire bricks, sewage pipes etc) Inverkeithing N.B.

10/11/1888 – Dunfermline Saturday Press – Fire Clay Works for sale – Upset price reduced -To be Sold by Public Roup, within St Margaret’s Hall, Dunfermline, on Tuesday, 20th November 1888, at Two o’clock Afternoon.The Inverkeithing Fire-Clay Works, as occupied by the Inverkeithing Fire-Clay and Brick Company, and commodious Cottage adjoining, known as St Mary’s.  The Works are on the Great North Road.  The Dunfermline and Queensferry and Inverkeithing and Burnt-Island Sections of the North British Railway pass within a few yards, and there is a Lye into the Works, which also connects them with Inverkeithing Harbour.  Fire-clay abounds in the neighbourhood.  The Works and their connections occupy about Two Acres.  There is a serviceable Engine of 12 H.P., and other fixtures, included in the Sale. Reduced Upset Price, £700 ; Feu-duty, £2, 15s.  For further particulars, apply to John Ross, Solicitor, Dunfermline.

Below – 03/03/1892 – Buchan Observer – Dispute over transport coast of bricks to Peterhead.

Below – 1893 – Advert for Fire Clay and Brick Co, Inverkeithing.

1894 –  Kenneth W Sanderson states that the Street Brothers took over the works from John Ross and that they closed soon after.

06/04/1895 – The Scotsman – Fire clay works and cottage for sale.  To be sold by public roup within St Margarets Hall, Dunfermline on Tuesday 09/04/1895 at 2 o’clock. The Inverkeithing Fire Clay Works as occupied by the Inverkeithing Fire Clay and Brick Company and commodious cottage adjoining known as St Marys. The works are on the the Great North Road. The Dunfermline and Queensferry and Inverkeithing and Burntisland sections of the North British Railway pass within a few yards and there is a lye into the works which connects them with Inverkeithing Harbour. Fire clay abounds in the neighbourhood. The works and their connections occupy about 2 acres. There is a serviceable engine of 12 hp and other fixtures included in the sale. Feu duty is £2 4s 9d. To ensure a sale the property is to be exposed at the low upset price of £1000.

Below – 1895 –  Inverkeithing Fire Brick Works. – Disused. (Surveyed in 1894 – 1895 and published in 1896)

27/03/1903 – Linlithgowshire Gazette –  An article about the new Forth naval base and the purchase of land in the area for additional railways…….the North British Railway Company have sidings connecting the Inverkeithing Brickworks and two of the quarries with the railway……(Note – SBH – Further enquiry regarding which brickworks are being referred to)

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