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Blackstoun Oil Works

Location 55.867460, -4.468490, show in map
Former parish and county Parish of Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire
Current local authority area Renfrewshire
Construction history Presumably constructed c. 1872
Ownership history Allan Craig & Sons, Blackstone Mineral Oil Company, William Black & Sons Ltd
Demolition history Presumably dismantled c. 1887
Current status of site Farm and wooded waste ground

Background

Also referred to as Blackston, Blackstone, or Linwood by Blackstone oil works

Redwood notes "Blackston Oil Works, proprietor Blackston Mineral Company, and located at Blackston, Paisley [sic], operated between 1872 and 1879". He also lists " Blackstoun Oil Works, proprietor Allen, Craig & Company [sic] and located Linwood, near Johnstone, Paisley operated between 1870 and 1886, equipped with 44 vertical retorts producing crude oil only." Valuation roles suggest that both entries refer to the same site.

Available evidence suggests that Blackstoun oil works were operated by Allan Craig & Sons from c.1871 until c.1886. This company also manufactured bricks.

Allan Craig's works were presumably supplied from the pits of William Black & Sons.(operating as the Blackston Mineral Oil Company?), who obtained a lease on local minerals in 1872. The Blackston Mineral Oil Company, along with other businesses carried out by William Black & Sons, (including the Stanrigg Oil Company) merged to form William Black & Sons Limited in 1895. William Black & Sons Limited resumed brick production on the Blackstoun site c.1900, probably using spent shale. This continued when the company was amalgamated into United Collieries, in c.1905.

There is little evidence to suggest that the Blackston Mineral Oil Company (often referred to as Blackston Mineral Company) manufactured mineral oils. The company file for William Black & Sons Limited makes reference to taking ownership of collieries and oil works at "Blackston and Achenledimont (sp?)" however this might related to the former plant of Allan Craig & Co.?

Valuation Records

Entries between 1872 and 1902. Download details

Directory Listings

From Watson's Directory for Paisley:

Maps

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

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Extensive Lease of Minerals.- We understand that Messrs William Black & Sons of Airdrie have leased a large extent on minerals on the Blackstoun estate from Mr Spiers, the proprieter, embracing ironstone, shale and coal. The Glasgow Herald, 25th April 1872

MARRIAGE REJOICINGS.-On Wednesday, the workers at Blackstone Work were allowed a half-day holiday and a handsome treat by the kindness of their employers, on the occasion of the marriage of Mr Gavin Black, Stanrigg, one of the owners, Toasts were drunk with enthusiasm to the health of the newly-married couple, and prosperity to Messrs. Wm. Black & Sons. Dancing followed, which was vigorously sustained till late when all parted highly pleased with the entertainment. The Glasgow Herald 27th September 1872