The Roman occupation of Scotland in first century AD brought brick-making skills to the Scots. Before the industrial revolution all bricks in Scotland were moulded by hand, a long process which began with the excavation of clay in autumn and ended the following summer with bricks fired in small kilns. One of the first industrial buildings to be built of brick in Scotland was Stanley Mills in Perthshire, followed closely by numerous cotton mills in Glasgow.
The Scottish Brick History website is a growing collection of photos indexing brickmarks, the distinct markings that identify where bricks were produced. These unique marks tell us enriching stories not only about the brick makers themselves, but of the high quality workmanship that went into the design of older buildings every step of the way, from architects to construction. Selecting the right bricks was a crucial part of the process because poorly made bricks would cost more money in the long run with repairs and replacements.
Beautiful, high quality Scottish bricks surround us everywhere we look in Scotland, but many are also found in buildings all over the world. An example is St. Judes Church in South America, which was constructed using Patent Wilson & Son bricks manufactured in Glasgow. Scottish bricks have been found in California, New Orleans, Israel, New Zealand, Madagascar, Tasmania, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and even Russia.
We’ve selected Scottish Brick History as our Site of the Day today because, while some may just pass it off as a hobby website, we see it as another fascinating, marvelous affirmation of Scotland’s significant and purposeful contribution to a shared world history. You can visit them here.