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…
Once again, many thanks to Chris Pasquali and her colleagues for letting me know about these latest Scottish brick finds.
They were found in Villa Ana Factory and Mocoví Factory, Province Santa Fe, Argentina.
Villa Ana, Villa Guillermina, La Gallareta y Tartagal were “company towns” built with foreign capital for the production of tannin extract from the exploitation of quebracho colorado. (A hardwood tree) – WIKI
?NA – quite possibly ETNA
?ardcowan – Could be a misspelt Cardowan brick – very unusual.
Found by Peter Morrison on the Chance Harbour beach in Nova Scotia, Canada. Peter states – Many Scottish settlers came to the new world and landed in this particular area of Nova Scotia. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire
The following bricks were found at Old Manutenção Militar, Beato – Lisbon, Portugal by Rui Ribolhos, Lisbon, Portugal. Empatia Arqueologia LDA. Rui states – I am an archaeologist working in Lisbon at an old nun’s convent from the XVII th century (Convento das freiras Grilas, Beato, Lisboa) transformed into a military facility of baking bread…
Found in Tasmania by Wayne Schnoor. 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. .
Many thanks to Gerry Groia for the following information. Gerry lives in Rasario, Santa Fe, Argentina. He recently dismantled an old barbecue and used the fire bricks to build another, Argentinian style. Most of the fire bricks were unstamped but one was branded ‘Stein Glasgow’. Stein, Castlecary Fireclay Works, Castlecary, Stirlingshire. Stein, Manuel Firebrick and…
Christine Warren, Canada writes – I took the attached in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2011. Pictou is known as the birthplace of New Scotland. Bricks stamped ‘Etna’, ‘Thistle’ and ‘Gartcraig Scotland Gaskil’ form part of a blacksmiths forge at the ironworks in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Etna Brickworks, Armadale, West Lothian. Alternative brickworks include: West…
This brick was found by David W Garcia on Treasure Island, Budd Bay Inlet, Washington State, USA. Heathfield Fireclay Works, Garnkirk. . . . .
Gartcraig brick found by Denny DeMeyer at an old whaling station located in Rose Harbor at the far South end of the Moresby Island/Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. . . . .
This brick is in the possession of Elena Alexeenko. It was found near Taganrog in the Rostov region of Russia. Roughcastle Firebrick Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. . . . .
Found at Heathfield Fire Clay Works. Note the thumbprint to the top right which has slightly deformed the ‘S’. Heathfield Fireclay Works, Heathfield, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Cardowan Fireclay Works, Lanarkshire. .