Found at High Bonnybridge. The consensus of opinion, prior to finding this brick, is that ‘Crater’ was a trademark of the Etna/Atlas Brickworks in West Lothian. This information is detailed in this link The Bricks of Bathville and Armadale and bricks stamped ‘Crater’ have been found on the site of the old Etna/Atlas Brickworks. This…
Below – 05/11/1878 – Edinburgh Gazette – Murray and Moritz, Bathgate – partnership dissolved.
1882 – Fleming & Moritz, Brick and Tile Maker, Atlas and Armadale Brickworks, Bathgate.
07/01/1882 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – Materials for the gas works ( Aberdeen?). The following tenders have been accepted for the supply of materials in connection with the gas undertaking for the year ending 31st December 1882 … fire goods, The Glenboig Fire Clay Company, Fleming & Moritz, J & C Grieve.
(Fleming is as per the Calder Fire Clay Works)
17/11/1888 – The Scotsman – Storm damage – At the brickwork at Bathville belonging to Mr Moritz, the chimney stalk was blown down and a man named David Hepburn, an engineman, had a narrow escape, one of the bricks striking him on the head, inflicting a rather severe scalp wound …
31/07/1889 – Falkirk Herald – Brickwork for sale. The whole plant at Armadale Brickwork and the business so long successfully conducted there, is offered for sale as going concern, owing to the death of the late proprietor, Kopel Moritz. There is still about four years of the lease to run and the landlord would be willing to treat with a suitable tenant for extension of the lease. The current contracts will be continued to a suitable purchaser. All information can be obtained from Mrs Moritz, Melbourne House, Bathgate, or the subscriber, and the works will be shown by Mr Cartmill. The stock of bricks can also be had at a valuation. Offers to be sent to Mrs Moritz. Thomas Dodds, solicitor, Bathgate, Agent. 23/07/1889.
11/08/1889 – Kopel Moritz died in Bathgate aged 55 years. His son Arthur Edwin Moritz who died in Tharsis, Spain on 18/06/1907 aged 30 years is also buried alongside him.
1893 – 1894 – Fleming & Moritz. Brick and tile manufacturers, Atlas and Armadale Brickworks.
So who was the Moritz in partnership with Fleming? – If it was Kopels son Arthur then from the info above he would have only been aged 16 – 17 years old in 1893 – 1894.
Below – 1896 – Atlas Brickworks