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South Uist, Benbecula, Dun Gainmhich

Brickworks (19th Century)-(20th Century)(Possible)

Site Name South Uist, Benbecula, Dun Gainmhich

Classification Brickworks (19th Century)-(20th Century)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Dunganachy; Balivanich; Baile A' Mhanaich

Canmore ID 314207

Site Number NF75SE 61

NGR NF 78813 54962

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number AC0000807262. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish South Uist
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire


External Reference (20 November 2011)

Local knowledge records that there was a brickworks on Benbecula, located near where the telephone exchange now stands. It was set up by Lady Gordon Cathcart to provide employment for island men following the potato famine and produced bricks and tile drain pipes. Clay was extraced from the surrounding area.

The brickworks were demolished in the 1960s prior to the construction of the telephone exchange. A steel structure at this location was referred to locally as being part of the brick press.

Dunskellar School and a house at Sollas, North Uist, are known locally as being constructed from bricks from the Benbecula Brickworks.

Information from Angus Macdonald, Benbecula, per Susan Casey (RCAHMS),

20 November 2011


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