Found in a creek in Poughkeepsie, NY by Stephanie LaRose. This is an interesting example. Firstly the lettering is ‘raised’ and the word Heatheryknowe is split into two, Heathery Knowe like the Coal Company name. Whereas both my example have the name as one and the lettering is ‘impressed’ – see link . . Below…
I have added this due to the Scottish interest.
1673 – 1675 – 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.
Below – The script is the notice of William as the official brick maker for the town.
Found by Brady Treneer on the St. Croix river, Robbinston, Maine, USA. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow. The manufacturer of this brick is unknown but I am beginning to lean heavily toward it being a Gartcraig brick due to the volume of Gartcraigs that turn up on foreign shores. Gartcraig Fire Clay Works,…
This brick was found in Truckee, California by Rick Jones. Robert Brown & Son, Ferguslie Fireclay Works, Paisley, Renfrewshire . . . .
This brick was found in Truckee, California by Gary Underhill. Gary states ” I recovered this burnt example from the former site of the Boca Brewery, located on the banks of the Truckee River, outside Truckee, California. The brewery, one of the largest in the nation at the time was in operation from 1875 until…
Below – 1884 – UK v USA fire brick trade. Export and import. . . . .
In May 2019, Steve Blankenbeker residing in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA kindly donated the following very interesting bricks to the Scottish Brick History project. Below – Tiger – I work for Taylor Clay Products in NC and the tiger brand bricks were made by the ancestors of the man who owns the company now, Charles…
Found on the old site previously occupied by the Etna Brick Works, Bathville. Unidentified maker. Find location would suggest Scottish origins but … There is however a distinct possibility that this fire brick is of American origins. Trojan is a brand name for bricks produced by Gladding, McBean and Co, Southgate, Los Angeles County, California….
‘Gartcraig’ and ‘Heatheryknowe, Patent, Glasgow’ bricks found by Romney Brain Port at Blakely on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA. Romney states ” In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Port Blakely Mill operated as one of the largest lumber mills in the world (for many of those years, it was). (https://portblakely.com/port-blakely/our-story). Walking the shores of Port Blakely…
This brick is in the possession of Jimmy Dobson in the USA. It was found in a river in New Hampshire, USA. Allan & Mann, Port Eglinton, Glasgow. Alternative brickworks include: Rutherglen Pottery, Glasgow. Mallsmire Works, Myrtle Park, Crosshill, Glasgow.
Source – Arthur H Vinal in his book Edmund March Wheelwright and the chestnut hill, suggests that Wheelwright, Architect, used Gartcraig bricks in several buildings. “Wheelwright experimented with the pale yellow Scottish firebricks that he used back to front to expose the random black streaking from the kiln, as for instance in the palatial Larz…