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Broxburn Oil Co

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Display case at the National Museum of Scotland

of 28 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, and Broxburn and Albion Oil Works

1877 The company was established by Robert Bell with the assistance of William Kennedy and was registered on 6 November. [1]

1878 Works established in the middle of the shale field. Products were sulphate of ammonia; coke; naphtha; burning oils; lubricating oils; match paraffin; paraffin wax; and paraffin candles.

1887 There were about 800 retorts, capable of distilling 1,000 tons of shale a day; and a refinery to refine all the oil and wax, about 10 million gallons of crude oil per annum. Over 1,600 men were employed at the works.

1888 Visit to Broxburn Oil Works by members of the Iron and Steel Institute; the visitors were conducted around the works by Mr. Bell, the chairman of the company; Mr. W. Kenner, the managing director; Mr. N. M. Henderson, the manager; and Mr. D. R. Stewart, the chemist of the works.[2]

1897 Visit by the Federated Institution of Mining Engineers[3]

1919 Incorporated in the new company, Scottish Oils, formed to acquire the shale oil companies[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Engineer 1888/08/31
  3. The Engineer 1897/09/17
  4. The Times Sep 13, 1919