Scottish bricks found in Singapore

Found by Hock Keong in Singapore.

Hock states – The Glenboig brick was found on Semakau Island, Singapore. Pulau Semakau, which was probably a prominent fishing village for many of the native sea folks for probably centuries, but were all resettled in the 1980s onto mainland Singapore. All the structures and homes were demolished, and their brick foundations, mostly locally made ones, were scattered along the shore. The partial Glenboig brick was found on the shore.

The Stein brick was found on St Johns Island, South of Singapore. It was a quarantine station for passenger ships in the late 1800s until around the mid-1900s and is today used more for research. Much of the old structures are no longer standing. The brick was found on the shores where older structures may have been demolished and dumped off the steep cliffs off the side of the island instead of discarded elsewhere.

Below – A partial brick that would have been stamped ‘Glenboig’ – Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire.

Alternative brickworks include:

  • Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire.
  • Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire

Below – ‘Stein 1’ –

  • 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.

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