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Almondhill oil works

sometimes referred to as Carlowrie or Dundas oil works.

Location 55.960033, -3.389672 show in map
Former parish and county Parish of Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire
Current local authority area City of Edinburgh
Construction history Built c. 1866
Ownership history Dundas Shale Oil Company
Demolition history Presumably demolished c.1868
Current status of site Rough grazing


Redwood lists the site as "Carlowrie Oilworks" near Kirkliston and notes that it operated between 1863 and 1878.

Valuation Records

Entries for 1868 and 1869, Download details


Ordnance Survey maps reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

Recent Images


KIRKLISTON - Discovery of Shale on Estate. —Some time ago search for shale was made the estate of Dundas, which at first did not give much promise of success. Boring, however, was continued on different parts of the estate, which eventually resulted in the discovery of seam of shale, upwards of three feet in thickness, a depth of about 12 feet from the surface, and dipping considerably in an easterly direction. This seam, it is believed, extends over large portion of the eastern district of the estate. It is said to yield gallons per ton, and of excellent quality. This new field has been let to Captain Pattison, Ayrshire, who has already commenced operations, and intends, we believe, to erect works for manufacturing the shale, on the side of the new railway, a short distance from the village. Dunfermline Saturday Press, 27th October 1866

BRICKS (Composition) for sale at Kirkliston. – The Dundas Shale and Oil Company can now give a Regular Supply of First-Class Composition Bricks. Apply to the Manager, at the Works. The Scotsman, 19th December 1868.

Since 1864 several works have been erected, of which we may mention the Dundas Shale Oil Company, on the estate of Mr. Dundas of Dundas at Kirkliston....... which manufacture the crude oil only. The Scotsman, 8th February 1869.

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