The following Scottish bricks were found by Consuelo Bravo Antúnez in the heart of the Atacama Desert, Chile. The Atacama Desert was a huge source of sodium nitrate (saltpetre) which was mined on a large scale until the early 1940s. The UK imported many many shiploads of the saltpetre and it appears they supplied many…
Found at Carberry Colliery, East Lothian and kindly donated by Nick Basden.
Scotia FW & Co.
The stamp looks like ‘SG’ but it is definitely ‘SC’ – the tail on the ‘C’ is a fault in the brick.
The name is Scottish in appearance but its origins are in doubt.
Although the Scotia trademark is unidentified as yet with regards a manufacturer, I am hoping the FW & Co addition to this stamp may provide an answer as to the maker. (FW & Co could well be the manufacturer but equally, it may be the customer)
Yet again Scotia marked bricks, as per this one, were found alongside another mystery brick marked ‘MAC Brand‘
Possibility – There is a Scotia & Sneyd Green Brick & Marl Co Ltd, Scotia Bank, Tunstall, close to the site of the old Scotia Colliery. This company is listed in the 1907 trade directory.
Link to Tarboats photo of a Scotia & Sneyd Green Brick.
Vladimir Smirnov writes:- The bricks were found by Eugeny Filinsky in Abkhazia, Gagra city. It is a resort at the coast of the Black Sea. Bricks were found in chimneys and fireplaces during restoration works in the Palace of Duke Alexander Oldenburg (1904). Forth – Roughcastle Firebrick Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. Mac Brand – Manufacturer unknown…
Found on the Atlas/Etna/Bathville Brickworks sites, Armadale, West Lothian. Unidentified maker. Find location would suggest Scottish origins but … (SBH – Note – Although I still cannot say 100% who manufactured this brick, I am in no doubt who it was manufactured for – Macbeth Brothers, Agents, Importers and Engineers, Bombay, India.) (SBH – Note…
These were found by Joaquin Reyes at an old rice mill here in Imus City, Cavite, Philippines. Joaquin states ” As a background, my great-grandfather established that rice mill sometime between 1929 and 1934. Our family operated it for around sixty-five years before closing it down. The mill was abandoned for a number of years before…
Found by ‘Rig Rat’ on the banks of the Firth of Clyde near Erskine, Glasgow. Unknown maker. Find location and stamp may suggest Scottish origins but … (Note – SBH – I also think this brick may be made by the same makers as the MAC Brand bricks). . .
The following Scottish bricks were photographed at the Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Barbados by Barney Corrigan. . . . . . Below – Mac Brand – Believed to be Scottish but not confirmed. Below – Starworks, Glenboig. Below – Gartcraig. Below – DB 7232 Karrena 611 / 10A AW – Dykehead Fire Brick Works, Bonnybridge…
The following Scottish bricks were found by Igor Tarasov in Vladivostok, Russia. The bricks were found in ruined furnaces which formed part of the Soviet Army barracks in Vladivostok. Firebricks stamped ‘Boghead’ and ‘Scotia’ and a building brick marked ‘Mac Brand’ The manufacturing origins of the Scotia and Mac Brand are not confirmed but I believe…
Once again thank you to Cris Pasquali for informing me of the latest Scottish brick fins as a result of the ongoing “Proyecto La Forestal y sus pueblos” These latest bricks were unearthed at a factory at Villa Guillermina, Argentina. MAC Brand (Presumed Scottish) Brown Paisley – Robert Brown & Son, Ferguslie Fireclay Works and…
Scottish bricks found in Santa Felicia, Argentina by Cris Pasquali and colleagues. Mac Brand – which is still unidentified but possibly Scottish Crater – Etna Brickworks, Armadale, West Lothian. Hurll – Gartliston and Garnqueen Fire Clay Works, Glenboig. OCTO – Bonnybridge Silica & Fireclay Co Ltd, Bonnybridge alt Calder Firebrick Works, Airdrie, Lanarkshire alt Chapelhall Works, Lanarkshire. Possibly ETNA –…
The photos of these bricks were kindly forwarded by Cristina Pasquali an archaeologist and coordinator of the project, the forest and its people. They were found in Tartagal, Provincia De Santa Fe, Argentina. Facebook page – (Translation ) – The Forestry Project and Peoples is based in the Centre for the Study of Historical Archaeology, Faculty…