(Note – SBH – I find the information on the brickworks at Aberhill, Denbeath, Methil and Wemyss very confusing with regards names and locations that seem to swap and move! If anyone can clarify the situation for me or point out information that is perhaps listed wrongly against a particular brickworks then please get in…
11/02/1875 – Dundee Courier – Brickmaking by machinery at Muiredge is very busy, throwing off 960 per hour and even at that rate they are not able to supply the demand.
Below – 21/04/1875 – Dundee Courier – Strike – wage reduction threat.
15/06/1876 – Dundee Courier – The extensive brick work at Muirdege is at present very busy, employing a good number of men.
1886 – Bowman and Co, Muiredge Brickworks, Buckhaven, Wemyss.
23/04/1887 – Fife Free Press – Extensive additions are being made at Messrs Bowman and Co’s brickwork at Muiredge.
19/08/1890 – Dundee Advertiser – The accident to the sisters Alice and Ann Kinnear at the brickwork at Muiredge, Wemyss, has had a very sad result. Their rights hands were so terribly injured that both have had to be amputated.
14/05/1892 – St Andrews Citizen – Presentation – Alexander Peaston, brickmaker, on the occasion of his leaving Muiredge Brick and Tile Works was presented with a meerschaum pipe and tobacco pouch by the female workers as an expression of the estimation in which he was held. Miss Glover and Miss Linton made the presentation.
18/05/1895 – Fife Free Press – Following complaints of theft and house breakings around Buckhaven , Police raided the Muiredge Brickworks where the culprits were believed to be sleeping at night. 150 tramps and labourers were found on site !
07/05/1898 – Fife Free Press – Buckhaven Burgh Court – At a diet of this Court held on Tuesday, a batch of tramps, numbering 19 , including a woman were charged with sleeping at the Methil and Muiredge brickworks and were sent to prison for terms of 14 to 21 days each.
19/01/1905 – Edinburgh Evening News – …..a new dock is to be formed at Buckhaven, a greater depth of water being got than at Methil. Minor schemes are the new cement and brick works at Methil and Muiredge.