Provanhall Fire Clay Works, Shettleston, Glasgow

Provanhall Colliery & Fire Clay Works, Shettleston – Sited on the North Bank of the Monkland Canal, it drew fireclay from a quarry alongside and an associated coal pit. Prior to 1899, it was owned by R & J mather, with the sole partners, Heston and James Mather. 

1893 – Provenhall – R & J Mather, Shettleston. Coal and Fire Clay Mine – Manager R.W. Dron

1893 – 1896 –  Provanhall Farm: Shettleston, Glasgow: Reston Mather.

Below – 1898 – Provanhall Fireclay Works.

Provanhall Fireclay Works 1898

Below – 29/11/1902 – Edinburgh Evening News – Legal disagreement between Alexander Rigg, coalmaster Polmont Station and R & J Mather, coalmasters and fireclay manufacturers at Provanhall, Shettleston.

01/07/1905 – The Scotsman – New joint-stock companies – The Provanhall Brick Company, 95 Bath Street, Glasgow to carry on the business of manufacturing bricks, chimney cans, pipe, tiles etc. The Company does not issue any invitation to the public to subscribe for its shares. Capital £5000 divided into 2000 preference shares and 3000 ordinary shares of £1 each.

1906 – 1907 – The Provanhall Brick Co., Ltd., fire-clay manufacturers, 95 Bath St.

1907 – 1908 –  The Provanhall Brick Co., Ltd., fire-clay manufacturers, 95 Bath St.; works, Provanhall, Easter- house.

1908 – 1909 – The Provanhall Brick Co., Ltd., fire-clay manufacturers, 95 Bath St.; works, Provanhall, Easter- house.

1909 – 1910 – The Provanhall Brick Co., Ltd., fire-clay manufacturers, 95 Bath St.; works, Provanhall, Easter- house.

1910 –  Provanhall Colliery & Fireclay Works ( Disused) – perhaps it was the colliery only that was disused as there is still an entry for the bricks works 1911 – 1912 BUT the colliery is still marked on the 1935 OS Map …so…it looks like the brickworks stopped producing c.1910 but it was still listed but disused 1911-1912 until finally liquidated in 1912.

Below – 1910 – x 2 Provanhall Colliery & Fireclay Works (Disused)

1910 OS Map Provenhall Fireclay Works.


1910 OS Map Provenhall Fireclay Works

1911 – 1912 – The Provanhall Brick Co., Ltd., fire-clay manufacturers, 96? Bath St.; works, Provanhall, Easter House.

1912 – 1913 – The Provanhall Brick Co., Ltd, 95 Bath Street, Glasgow.

16/07/1912 – The Edinburgh Gazette – The Provanhall Brick Company Limited (in Liquidation). Notice is hereby given that a Meeting of the Creditors of the above-named Company will be held within the Office of the Liquidator, on Wednesday this 4th July 1912, at eleven o’clock forenoon. Albert E. R Copeland, C.A., Liquidator. 196 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, 12th July 1912.

1931 – Reston Mather of The Northern Mining Company Limited commenced mining operations at Ardintoul Farm. This fascinating article by William J Ramsay details the work and the wrecking of the Steamer Triton. – Talc Mine at Ardintoul

09/04/1937 – Edinburgh Gazette – The Companies Act, 1929. Notice is hereby given, in terms of Section 295 (5) of the Companies Act, 1929 (19 & 20 Geo. V. Cap. 23), that the names of the undermentioned Companies have this day been struck off the Register, and such Companies are hereby dissolved:— Provanhall Brick Company, Limited.


Reston Mather

Born 11/11/1855 at Provanhall, Shettleston, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Died 7 /04/1934 at Provan Hall Farm, Stepps, Eastern Cadder district, Lanarkshire

Reston was also a mine owner in Isle of Man in 1911. He was aged 55 at this time.

On the 1911 Isle of Man census, he is recorded as being a boarder at Sea Mount Port St Mary in the parish of Rushen, Isle of Man.  Mr William Rae was the Boarding Housekeeper who was born in Kirkcudbright, Scotland about 1851

The mine was named the Barytes mine. This was a mineral mine as Reston had a big interest in minerals. He also set up the only talc mine in Skye, His downfall, which led to their money troubles, was the ship that was taking the talc to be sold sank and Reston had a lot of investors who he had to refund.

Below – 19/12/1933 – Glasgow Herald. Glasgow steamer ‘Triton’ wrecked off Skye.

Steamer wrecked at Skye

Below photograph – Reston Mather.

Reston Mather

Reston had a brother named William Mather, Born 19/09/1853 at Shettleston, Lanark, Died 08/03/1934 at  Provan Hall Farm, Stepps, Eastern Cadder district, Lanarkshire.

On a Scottish census dated 02/04/1911 he is recorded as residing at Provanhall Farm – Farmer and Grazier.

Reston and another brother named James are marked on the 1901 Provanhall census as brickmakers and registered to the house at Provanhall.


Mather Provenhall Shettleston


With special thanks to Katrina Murphy and John Dempsey and the Friends of Provanhall for their assistance and contributions.


Header photograph depicts the Mather HQ Office at 95 Bath Street, Glasgow

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