Maksiccar refractory cement container

Falkirk Museums and Archives FMA.

This example is not in my possession but picture reproduced by kind permission of FMA.

Maksiccar refractory cement container. Post 1900 … 1930’s.

Primary maker A C Brown for John G Stein & Co, Bonnybridge.

John Gilchrist Stein – Born in 1862 when father was the manager of Clackmannan Brick & Tile Works. The family moved to Winchburgh Brickworks where John became an apprentice. Then worked at Cumbernauld Pipe Works, Glenboig Union Fireclay Co and Bonnybridge Silica & Fireclay Co Ltd. Established own company at Milnquarter in 1887, partnership in 1891 then sole partner in 1896. He married Ann Clelland Bulloch Henderson in Cumbernauld on 23 Nov 1883 and they had ten children. In 1927 he grazed his shin on a brick and died of blood poisoning.

Maksiccar 112lb

  • Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire.
  • Stein, Manuel Firebrick and Refractory Works, Whitecross, Stirlingshire.
  • Stein & Co, Anchor Brickworks, Denny, Stirlingshire.
  • Milnquarter Fireclay & Gannister Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.

The name came from the incident on 10/02/1306 when Robert the Bruce met the Red Comyn in the church of the Minorite Friars at Dumfries. Both were claimants to the Scottish throne and both had violent tempers. A dispute arose and Bruce stabbed his rival, then left the church with the horror of sacrilegious murder on his conscience. ‘I doubt I have slain the Red Comyn’ he told friends. ‘Doubt?’ said Sir Roger Kirkpatrick, ‘I’ll mak siccar’ and he entered the church and made sure the rival was dead. This story reminded customers to make sure of their brickwork by using the right cement.

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