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George Gray

Constitution Copartnership of sole trader
Date of Formation active from pre- 1865
Date of Dissolution died by 1879
Office not known
Oil works Levenseat Paraffin Oil Works,
Shotts (Hillhouserigg) Oil Works

In 1865, George Gray was described as a coal and lime master, residing at Levenseat. Following a sale in 1868, he became sole owner of Hartwoodhill Collieries, the Shotts Oil Works, the Levenseat Lime Works and the Levenseat Oil Works.

George Gray was also a shareholder in the Benhar Coal Company, who took over the Hillhouserigg (Shotts) oil works from him. In 1879, following the death of George Gray, the trustees of his estate petitioned against the wind-up of the Benhar Coal Company, being still owed considerable sums from debenture shares.

 

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Advertisment from Slater's trade directory, 1867

 

ROBERT MUIR Vs. GEORGE GRAY. This is an action for damages, arising out of novel circumstances, The pursuer, who resides at Levenseat, Edinburghshire, asks £6958, 0s. in name of damages for breach of agreement by the defender, coal-master Levenseat. In July the pursuer was engaged as manager of the defender's works and pits for four years. At that time the defender was the sole owner of Hartwoodhill Collieries, the Shotts Oil Works, the Levenseat Lime Works and the Levenseat Oil Works, and the pursuer was to receive £250 a-year, and certain percentages of the profits of the various works and pits. In July 1872, the defender sold Harwoodhill Collieries and the Shotts Oil Works to the Benhar Coal Company with the pursuer's knowledge or consent.

The Scotsman, 29th January 1873

 

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