William Porteous and Co, brickmakers, Glasgow

(Note – SBH – I am uncertain as to exactly which brickworks William Porteous was associated with. It is likely, from the info below, the business may also have facilitated a pottery works. I think the reference below to Clyde Brickworks, Rutherglen Quay is pointing at a brickworks on the Clyde as opposed to the Clyde Brickworks – but I may be wrong! It is also very likely the brickworks concerned is already detailed on my website but I just cannot match it up with William Porteous – It is possible the works were housed within the Rutherglen Pottery which was situated nearby, but I need to confirm a link between it and William Porteous).

11/06/1855 – Glasgow Herald – Clyde Brickworks, Rutherglen Quay. Important to builders and shippers of brick at the River Clyde, Greenock, Dumbarton and the coast. By the opening of the Upper Navigation of the River Clyde, and the proximity of the above brickworks to the river, as well as from their possessing superior advantages for economical manufacture, the proprietor is enabled to supply builders and shippers of brick on the rivers with bricks of excellent quality free on board; or delivered ex ship where practicable, at prices considerably under those usually charged; and he respectfully asks the attention of intending purchasers. Prices of the different descriptions f.o.b at Rutherglen or Glasgow Quays, or delivered on the river, may be learned by applying to William Porteous, 49 Virginia Street, Glasgow.

20/08/1855 – Glasgow Herald – Brick for sale. The field adjoining the river. They will be put free onboard and can by this means be delivered to any part at a slight expense. Apply Wm Porteous, 49 Virginia Street, Glasgow.

21/11/1855 – Glasgow Herald – Bricks for sale. Apply to Wm Porteous, 49 Virginia Street. They will be put free onboard on the Clyde at Rutherglen, from which they can now easily be conveyed by the river at a trifling expense.

13/02/1856 – Glasgow Herald –  For sale. 500,000 good building bricks, hand made. Apply to William Porteous, 49 Virginia Street.

Below – 1856 – Rutherglen Pottery and Rutherglen Quay.

23/05/1862 – Glasgow Herald – (Note – SBH – Did Porteous manufacture bricks at the Clydeford Chemical Works?). Chemical Works to let. The Clydeford Chemical Works on the south side of the road leading to Rutherford Quay, lately occupied by William Porteous Esq, having a large vitriol chamber, steam engine, apparatus for manufacturing acids, grinding stones and extensive storage with an abundant supply of water and access to the Clyde. Also, the manager’s dwelling house adjoining, containing ample accommodation with gas, water and other conveniences. Apply to Mr White, 86 Wilson Street, Glasgow.

30/04/1877 – Glasgow Herald – Joiners wanted accustomed to brickfield work. Apply at Rutherglen Pottery, Rutherglen.

21/07/1892 – Edinburgh Evening News – Brick maker wanted. Constant work for a steady man. W. Porteous & Coy, Glasgow.

07/12/1911 – The Scotsman – Brick salesman wanted to take charge of the sales department of a works with a large output of fire bricks and common bricks. One able to make up estimates and conduct correspondence with knowledge of the export trade required. Salary £300 to £400. Address “721” William Porteous & Co, Glasgow, stating age and qualifications.

12/11/1915 – Musselburgh News – Wanted immediately. Two sagger makers for Glasgow. Constant work for good steady men. Best wages paid. ‘Pottery’, Wm Porteous & Co, Glasgow.