Found by Patrick Keith Griffin in Rhode Island, USA. . . . . . Below – Forth – Roughcastle Firebrick Works, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. Below – Gartcraig Scotland – Gartcraig, By Millerston, Glasgow.
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 Eddie McLean in the Kirkintilloch, Glasgow area. (Note – SBH – This trade name appears to be English and presumably manufactured by Thomas Gray in England, however, due to its find location I have created a page for it meantime in case there is indeed a Scottish connection that I am as yet,…
Found by Gary Underhill at Goldfield, Nevada, USA. This was a surface find near the site of an 1860s bank building in Goldfield. . . . Below – Morningside – Morningside Fireclay Works, Newmains, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Found by Ian Suddaby in a river just outside Edinburgh. I am not in possession of this example. This looks like a piece of broken stove lining. The manufacturer is unknown. The find location would suggest Scottish origins but … Other similar examples show the stamp as an abbreviation of the trade name given to…
Found by Carol Woods on the shore of San Francisco Bay in Hayward, California. . . . . Below – The brick stamp should read ‘Patent R Brown & Son, Paisley’ – Robert Brown & Son, Ferguslie Fireclay Works and Caledonian Brick and Tile Works, Paisley, Renfrewshire
usaFound by Ian Suddaby in Scotland. I am not is possession of this example. This appears to be a section of lining for a stove or a range. It is possible that ‘Trojan’ was a trademark for a range or a stove and that these bricks were manufactured to line same. RH – Right hand….
This brick was found by Jeremy Lee in Newfoundland Canada. The bricks formed a rough plinth covering a void of some description … well, cistern, septic tank? Garnqueen Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire Alternative brickworks include: Gartliston Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Building bricks at Garscadden Works, Drumchapel. Below – Gartliston Fire Brick Works. The brick would…
May 2021 – Many thanks to Janet and Pat Railsback, Texas, USA for sourcing and shipping the following bricks of interest. Below – ‘Don’t spit on side walk’ brick. Dr Samuel Crumbine of Dodge City was one of the leading figures in the field of public health in the early 20th century. His health campaigns…
Found in the Hudson Valley in New York, USA by Hunter Cantrell. Note the Glenboig ‘star’ trademark under the ‘N’ of Glenboig. Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Alternative brickworks include: Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire. Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire .
These bricks are housed within the Nevada State Museum and Carson City Mint, Carson City, Nevada, USA. Photographs were forwarded by Daniel Camacho. Heatheryknowe Colliery & Fire Clay Works, Bargeddie, Glasgow . . . . Below – The museum describes the brick as – Refractory brick (clay). High silica firebrick was imported from Glasgow, Scotland….