John Nelson was a Scot who operated the brickworks at Benhar, Otago, New Zealand. In 1864, Nelson opened the Benhar Coal Company. He produced brick etc on the site from 1876 until 1892 – 1893 when the business was sold to Peter McSkimming, a fellow Scot. Peter McSkimming and his son Peter McNish McSkimming, worked…
I have added this due to the Scottish interest
The Cahoon Brickworks
founded and operated by William Cahoone (Colquhoun) of Luss, Scotland, and Swansea, Massachusetts.
William Colquhoun (Pronounced Ca-hoon) was perhaps the first Cahoon to come to the colonies. He was from Dunbartonshire, Scotland. His descendant live all across the US. They have variations on the surname with the most common being, Cahoon, Calhoun, Cahoone, Cohoon, Colhoon, Colquhoun and Calhoun.
-taken prisoner in Dunbar, Scotland, during the Cromwellian Wars (1650)
-shipped as indentured servant to Braintree, Massachusetts (1651)
-freeman at Block Island, Rhode Island (1664)
-one of founders of Swansea, Massachusetts (1669)
-killed by Indians on eve of King Philip’s War while striving to get a doctor for the wounded of Swansea (June 24, 1675).
The plaque marks the site of William’s Brickworks in Swansea, Massachusetts and
is mounted on a boulder by the Swansea Luther Museum which houses what is believed to be one of the actual bricks from this operation.
The script is the notice of William as the official brick maker for the town.
Robert Selkirk I was born at Fifeshire, Scotland, and emigrated to Australia with his young family in 1854, including the 13 year old Robert Junior In 1883, Robert Selkirk II, a Scottish immigrant, identified the need for materials in the post gold rush building boom in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. He began making bricks by hand and firing…
Scottish immigrant James Glover is credited with initiating the local (Bolivar, Westmoreland Co.) firebrick business. He reportedly worked in the Mt. Savage, MD, clay mines before discovering the deposits at Bolivar in 1842. Township tax assessors recorded a brickyard in Fairfield Township in 1846 when Baxter, Glover, Harley and Company were taxed for 250 acres,…
Many thanks to Matthew Hennessey, Underground Overground Archaeology, Christchurch, New Zealand. John Deans was born in Kirkstyle, Riccarton, East Ayrshire. Messrs William and John Deans of Riccarton, Canterbury were the sons of Mr John Deans, Kirkstyle, Ricarrton, Ayrshire, Scotland and were born at Kirkstyle. John on 24/05/1820 and William about 3 years earlier. They emigrated…
1851 – Andrew and Hugh McSkimming, Tile maker, Shawneuk, Catrine, Ayrshire. Peter McSkimming was born, probably in 1847 or 1848, in Auchenheath, Lanarkshire, Scotland; he was the son of Mary McNish and her husband, Peter McSkimming, a brick- and tile-maker and pipe manufacturer. His early life was spent in various towns in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire….
13/11/1849 – Greenock Advertiser – Marriages – At Braeside Cottage, Rothesay on the 6th, by the Rev Thomas Neilson, Mr Thomas Todd of Kilchattan Tile Works to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr Robert Wright, Merchant, Rothesay. 21/05/1853 – London Evening Standard – Scottish sequestration – Adam Brown Todd, Kilchattan, Buteshire, brick and tile manufacturer. May 28th and…
James Campbell (1830-1904), businessman and manufacturer, was born on 6 March 1830 at Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, son of John Campbell, farmer, and his wife Helen, née Morison. Trained as a plasterer, he took an assisted passage to Moreton Bay, arriving in Brisbane by the John Fielden on 12 June 1853. Finding little work at his…
Wiki source J. W. McMillan (May 5, 1850 – December 1925) was an industrialist and brick supplier. Born in Glasgow, Scotland. McMillan moved to the United States, where he produced bricks in the American South. J.W. McMillian was born in Scotland in 1850, into a Presbyterian family. McMillian subsequently immigrated to the United States, living in Philadelphia,…
Found by Old Frechevillian at Found Manningham, Bradford, West Yorks Archibald Neill, Listerhills, Bradford. Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield 1866 Archibald Neill (1826-1874) was born in Musselburgh, Scotland and came to Bradford as a young man to work with his brother Robert, a contractor of Manchester. Neill remained in Bradford and rose to become the head…
Found at Bo’ness, Firth of Forth Possibly manufactured by the following although this is a fire brick and it does not look as old as 1810 etc 1810 – 1812 – John Munro & Co , Gallowgate Toll, Glasgow. I believe this is the same brickmaker as 1828 – 1829 – John Munro – brick maker, Greenvale, Calton….