John Ainslie was a farmer from Redheugh, Nr Dalkeith Scotland. in the 1840’s he invented and patented brick and tile making machines. He also invented and patented a procedure and method for drying and burning bricks using kilns which were of the ‘continuous’ type. This was some 9 years prior to Hoffman continuous kilns appearing…
Leysmill Brick and Tile Works, Nr Arbroath.
09/03/1860 – Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin Review. -Sale of tiles, bricks and implements and utensils at Leysmill Brick and Tile Works. There will be sold, by public roup, on the ground at Leysmill, on Thursday, 15th March next, the whole remaining stock, comprehending drain tiles, pipes and bricks, fire clay and common clay chimney cans, chimney linings, and flue covers, &c. Also, machines and implements used at the works, consisting of Ainslie’s Improved Patent Machine for making tiles, Norton & Borrie’s Patent Machine for do., Machine for making hollow bricks, tables, barrows ; a large assortment of moulds for pipes, bricks and cans ; a great quantity of shelving, &c. Catalogues of the sale will be obtained on application to Mr David Straton, manager at Leysmill Quarries, by Arbroath. The roup will begin at the works, which are close by the Leysmill Station of the Arbroath and Forfar Railway, at eleven o’clock, forenoon. Kinblethmont, by Arbroath, February 17, 1860.
Below – 1859 – 1861 – Leysmill Brick and Tile Works – Although not referred to by name they would have been situated at this locus.