The location where this brick was found is unknown. This brick forms part of a collection owned by Jason Harris in London. This example is not in my possession. Stuart, Brown & Co, Brick, Fire Clay and Tile Manufacturers, Larbert but at this time, I am not sure what the initials J.B stand for. ….
Larbert Fire Clay Works, Larbert, Stirlingshire.
Below – 1861 – Tileworks, Larbert.
1871-1898 – Papers relating to Inches Quarry & Fireclay and Brickworks at Inches, and Larbert Fireclay Works. Includes Report on the Mining & Surface operations at Larbert Fireclay Works by James A. Tweedie (Mining Engineer) Report on the Fireclay & Brickworks at Inches belonging to Sir William Cunningham Bruce Bruce Bart. of Stenhouse and others by D. Landale, Report on the Freestone Quarry & Fireclay on the Farm of Inches, the property of Sir William Bruce Bart. by D. Landale, Conditions of Sale of Larbert Brickworks, Memorandum as to Larbert Brickworks to Let, Lease by Sir William Cunningham Bruce Bruce Bart of Coal, Fireclay etc on Inches in favour of Mr James Smart and Note of the output of Larbert Brickworks from May 1896 to May 1897.
13/1/1877 – Falkirk Herald – 13/01/1877 – Good brick moulder wanted at Larbert Brickwork – apply Thomas McAlpine, a foreman at the works.
18/12/1880 – London Daily News – Scotch sequestrations. Mrs Agnes Hamilton Lang or Smart, James Smart and Campbell Murray, Larbert Brickworks near Larbert, brick manufacturers, Dec 21 at the Crown Hotel, Falkirk.
1881 – William Wilson (38) Engine Keeper, Brickworks, Larbert.
05/1/1881 – Glasgow Herald – Scotch bankrupts – Examinations – Smart and Murray, brick and tile manufacturers, Larbert Brickworks near Larbert. To be examined in the Sheriff Courthouse, Falkirk on 11th January.
30/11/1881 – Dundee Advertiser – Scotch Bankrupts – Dividends – Smart and Murray, brick and tile manufacturers, Larbert Brickworks – 54 St Vincent Street, Glasgow – 14th Jan.
Below – 06/08/1882 – Edinburgh Gazette – Smart and Murray, brick and tile manufacturers, Larbert Brickworks and Agnes Hamilton Lang or Smart and James Smart and Campbell Murray, partners – sequestration.
01/08/1882 – Edinburgh Gazette – 27/03/1883 – James Stuart retires from Stuart, Brown & Co August 1882.
Below – 02/02/1883 – Glasgow Herald – Larbert Fireclay and Ganister Works for sale. Apply to Mr Niven at the Works.
1886 – Larbert Silica Fireclay Co – David Niven, Manager, Stenhousemuir.
Below – 05/11/1887 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – Buckie and Portsoy Railway – action against the contractors. Some time ago an action was raised in the Dundee Sheriff Court at the instance of the Larbert Silica and Fireclay Company against Messrs W. J. Adams, contractors, Callender, for payment of 18,000 composition brick, delivered to defenders at Cullen, at the beginning of 1884. Defenders were then contractors for the formation of the Great North of Scotland branch line of railway between Buckie and Portsoy. Their defence was that the bricks were not conform to order and that they could not be used in the construction of a railway viaduct near Buckie. When the proof was led, Mr P. M. Barnett, engineer to the Great North Company, Aberdeen, and Mr John Headerson, Elgin (who superintended the erection of the bridge), both spoke as to having refused to allow the bricks to be used, as they were utterly unfit fur such a purpose. The defenders, however, sold the bricks for £25, after they had lain on the quay at Cullen for over a year. Sheriff Grahame on Wednesday decided the case in favour of the pursuers, awarding them £50, the sum sued for. In a note, the Sheriff said it was somewhat hard that the defenders should have to pay for an article which, through no fault of theirs, was found unsuitable for the purpose for which it was bought, and in a state disconform to the conditions of the bargain. But by selling the bricks without authority, they adopted the contract as fulfilled by the pursuers, who were entitled to keep them to its terms.
Below – 1888 – Larbert Silica and Fireclay Company of which the subscribers William Auld, bank agent, Denny and William Niven, brickmaker, Larbert were the sole partners, was dissolved by the retiral of the said William Niven as at the 15th day of May 1888. The business will be continued under the same name by the said William Auld who will collect the accounts due to and pay the debts due by, the late firm …
Below – 28/01/1889 – Glasgow Herald – Larbert Silica and Fireclay Brickworks for sale. £400.
Below – 24/08/1892 – Glasgow Herald – Larbert Ganister and Fireclay Works to let.
Below – 23/08/1893 – Glasgow Herald – Larbert Ganister and Fireclay Works to let.
09/12/1893 – Falkirk Herald – Sale of brickwork plant consisting of steam engine and boiler, pan mills and other machinery etc at Larbert Brickworks. Date and particulars in a future advertisement. Thomas Binnie, Auctioneer.
Below – 06/01/1894 – Falkirk Herald – Larbert Brickworks for sale.
07/04/1894 – Falkirk Herald – Falkirk Herald – Larbert Brickworks with buildings and machinery and fireclay, ganister and common clay adjoining to let. Apply to Messrs J B Sherriff & Co, 5 Wellington Street, Glasgow; or to John & W K Gair & Gibson, writers, Falkirk.
16/02/1895 – Falkirk Herald -“To let, for such period as may be agreed on, Larbert Brickworks, with the fireclay, ganister, and associated coal, and the common clay in the lands of Inches. The works are about 1 1/2 miles north of Larbert Station. There is a special siding from the Caledonian Main Line to the works, passing through a neighbouring proprietor’s lands. The fireclay and ganister have long been worked, and are of excellent quality. The buildings, fixed plant, and machinery may either be included in the let or sold to the tenant. Apply to Messrs J B Sherriff & Co, 5 Wellington Street, Glasgow; or to John & W K Gair & Gibson, writers, Falkirk.” [FH16 Feb 1895]
1896 – Larbert Clayworks Co.
Below – 15/05/1897 – Falkirk Herald – Larbert Fire Clay Works for sale. Fireclay and Gannister of excellent quality.
14/08/1897 – Falkirk Herald – Sale of brick making plant and stock in trade at Larbert Fire Clay Works on Friday 27th August at two o’clock. Thomas Binnie, Auctioneer.
Additional possibilities –
1878 – Broom, Brownlie and Bruce – Fire brick makers, Clayknows and Glasgow – this Mr Bruce may well be the same Mr Bruce of Stuart, Bruce & Co of Larbert.
1886 – Larbert Silica Fire Clay Co. David Niven, manager, Stenhousemuir.
Below – 18/05/1898 – The Scotsman – Larbert Brickworks for sale.
22/04/1899 – Falkirk Herald – Turnout for sale – Polo cart, light brown mare 14 hands and set of silver-mounted harness. Apply John Falconer, Stenhousemuir Brickworks, Larbert. (Note – SBH – I am not aware of brickworks at Stenhousemuir but the Larbert Fireclay Works were situated very close to Stenhousemuir and they may be one of the same. Can anyone confirm or otherwise ?)