Wardie Brick and Tile Works, Wardie, Edinburgh.

Many thanks to Ian Green and Jill Williams, Edinburgh for their outstanding assistance with regards information relating to these works. The references below come mainly from census and valuation roll entries.

1827 1829 – Robert Bruce, bricklayer, 5 Queens Place, Greenside, Edinburgh.

1830 1832 – Robert Bruce, bricklayer, Reids Close, Canongate, Edinburgh.

1833 1838 – Robert Bruce, bricklayer, 72 Canongate, Edinburgh.

1839 1847 – Robert Bruce, bricklayer, 86 Canongate, Edinburgh.

1842 Robert Bruce, bricklayer and furnace builder, 86 Canongate, Edinburgh.

1848 1873 – Robert Bruce, bricklayer and furnace builder, 23 Union Place, Edinburgh.

1848 – 1845 – In the year of Robert’s move to Union Place, there is the first mention of Henry Struthers, as presumably the owner of Wardie Brickworks. He remains such until 1854, and then disappears.

1848 – Henry Struthers, brick and tile works, Wardie, Edinburgh.

Below – 1852 – Wardie Brick and Tile Works.

Below – 1852 – Wardie Brick and Tile Works.

1852 – 1853 – Wardie Brick and Tile Works. A brick and tile work situated about one-half mile south of Granton, on the Wardie Burn, occupied by Archibald Struthers, Winchburgh. It keeps employed an average of about 8 men throughout the year.

1854 – 1855 – Henry Struthers, Brick, Tile and Cement Works, Wardie, Edinburgh.

1855 1862 – In 1855, Robert Bruce appears to take over from Henry Struthers, continuing there until 1862.

The C in “R. and C.” may stand for ‘Company’ rather than a second person, as evidenced by a second clipping from 1855. It may be relevant that the Limited Liability Act was passed in 1855.

1855 – 1856 – R Bruce & Co, Brick and Tile Makers, Wardie, Granton.

1861 – Robert Bruce, Brick and Tile Makers, Wardie, Granton.

1862 – This entry makes it quite clear that the Robert Bruce of Wardie Brickworks is the same Robert Bruce of Union Place.

1863 – After what was presumably the demise of Wardie Brickworks, Robert is involved with Bridgehouse Brickworks.

1863 – 1864 – Robert Bruce, brick layer and furnace builder, Hope Crescent, Edinburgh – Brick and Tile Maker, Bridgehouse, Bathgate. House 23 Union Place.

1864 – Robert Bruce & Son, Bridgehouse Brick and Tile Works. Depot Haymarket Station, Edinburgh.

1867 – Robert Bruce & Son, – Brick and Tile maker, Hope Crescent, Leith Walk Edinburgh.

1941 – Robert Bruce & So Ltd, masons, bricklayers, furnace builders and contractors, 45 York Place. Yard 39 Albert Street, Edinburgh.


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