Winchburgh Brick, Tile and Fire Clay Works, Winchburgh, West Lothian

Winchburgh Brickworks, Winchburgh, West Lothian


1869  -Alexander Dougal  & Son, brick & fire-clay goods merchants, 19 Port Hamilton & 100 Fountain bridge.

15/05/1875 – Alloa Advertiser – Deaths – At Winchburgh Brick Works on the 8th inst, Janet H Hunter, the beloved wife of Mr John Stein, in the 40th year of her age. (Note SBH – This is te same John Stein that was a partner at the Alva brickworks in 1868 and the father of John Gilchrist Stein)

1882 – Alexander Dougal, Brick and Tile Maker, Blackness and Winchburgh.

25/07/1885 – Aberdeen Free Press – Alexander Dougal , brick and tile manufacturer – also a director of The Hermand Oil Company.

1886 – Alexander Dougal – 74 High St, Linlithgow. Works Blackness and Winchburgh.

1889 – 1890 – Alex Dougal & Sons, Brick and Tile and fire clay goods manufacturers, lime and cement merchants, 100 Fountainbridge. Sole agents for Gilmour & Co, Kilmarnock, manufacturers of white and coloured enamelled bricks etc.

15/08/1891 – Falkirk Herald – Blacksmith wanted, one with some knowledge of machinery preferred; good encouragement – Winchburgh Brick Works.

1903 – Alexander Dougal & Sons, 74 High St  Linlithgow; works, Winchburgh S.O.

13/12/1905 – The Scotsman – Agricultural tiles , all sizes to all stations. Alex Dougal & Sons, brick and tile works, Winchburgh.

28/08/1908 – Linlithgowshire Advertiser – Machinery breakdown at Brickwork. The employees of the brickwork have been thrown idle for a wekk owing to the shaft of one of the engines breaking.

1940 – 41 – Alexander Dougal & Sons Ltd, brick, tile and fire clay goods manufacturers, lime and cement merchants, 131 Fountainbridge.

1941 – 1942 – Alexander Dougal & Sons, Brick  Manufacturers, Winchburgh.

Below –  28/10/1961 – Winchburgh Brick, Tile and Fire Clay Works letterhead..Alexr Dougal & Sons


Jan 1967 – Winchburgh brick works for sale  –  for Sale –  comprising Machine Shed 96 FT by 62 FT., premises providing over 7,000 square feet of floor area and land,
of approximately 25 acres.. Large valuable deposits of Blue Clay and Yellow Puddle Clay.  Also a number of employees’ houses.  Full particulars from: JAMES MILLER & PARTNERS LTD., 18, George Street, Edinburgh, 2.  Phone 30241.Clay Worker Magazine JAN 1967


The following family information is supplied by Rose Williams.

The following Dougals are all sons and daughters of my great – great grandparents, William Dougal & Marion Ferguson of Linlithgow, all of them born either in or around Linlithgow.
ELIZABETH DOUGAL  1816 – 1884  married THOMAS NEWTON  1816 – 1884. Thomas as a young man was a sailmaker at Carronshore, Larbert, and then  was tenant at Drumkilbo Tileworks from about 1856. (Owner, Rt. Hon. Lord Wharnecliffe). Continued till at least  1871, but by 1881 Thomas was farming at Kingoldrum, Angus
JANET DOUGAL   1819 – 1896  married ROBERT MEIKLE 1818 – 1897 of Linlithgow. They were also at Drumkilbo Tileworks during the same years as Elizabeth & Thomas Newton. By 1871 Robert was farming at Polmont
JAMES DOUGAL  1821 – 1893 –   Erected Craigend Brickworks, and with his brother JOHN DOUGAL and others carried on the business successfully for 17 years. In 1868 Callendar Coal Company was formed, which James was coal master of, employing 310 men in 1881.
JOHN DOUGAL  1825 – 1899   was with James at Craigend Brickworks, and by 1861 was farming at Muiravonside.
ALEXANDER DOUGAL   1828 – 1899   as a young man was at Rentonhall Brickworks, Morham, East Lothian, ( learning the trade ? ) About 1859 he was at Forgandenny Brick & Tileworks as tenant. By 1869 he was back in Linlithgow, and Winchburgh Brick and Tile works had begun. With 2 of his sons in the business Winchburgh Brickworks continued beyond Alexander’s death in 1892. .
Drumkilbo Tileworks made the bricks for the railway tunnels at Dundee Railway Station.
Winchburgh Brickworks used the canal for transporting bricks and coal to their depot in Edinburgh. They had a yard at Linlithgow Canal Basin for same purpose. Another relative was in charge of this and lived in the cottage on the canal which is now a tearoom.
It would be fitting for it to be recorded that 5 members of the family were all connected with early brickmaking.
 3 others were successful boot and shoemakers in Linlithgow, and my great-grandfather, Laurence Dougal was an ironfounder in Bathgate, but that is another story.


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