The brick makers of Allangrange

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Anecdotal reports of a brick making works in Allangrange, Black Isle, Scotland were confirmed in a recent investigation.

In the 1851 Census the following residents on the estate or at Bogallan ( the small crofting township which faced Allangrange on the south side of the valley of the Littlemill Burn) were employed in brick/tilemaking:

Allangrange:
Henry Douglas Brickmaker
Peter Douglas Brick and Tile Burner
John Douglas Brick and Tile maker

Bogallan:
William Morrison Employed in Tile Work

The Censuses for 1841 and 1861 and later do not refer to any individuals involved in brick/tile making. There are no Douglases on the estate in 1861 and at Bogallan there is a William Morrison who is a gardener. This information tends to suggest that the works were complete and the principal operatives had moved on.

Who these men were, where they came from and where they went remains a mystery.

Note:
1.  There is a John Douglas, brickmaker, born at Moorhouses, Stevenson, in 1822, who worked at The Douglas Firebrick Company.



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