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Seafield Patent Fuel Co.

Constitution Copartnership
Date of Incorporation 1874 or earlier
Date of Dissolution 1876 or later
Registered Office Seafield works
Oil Works Seafield works

The Seafield Patent Fuel Company was a short-lived enterprise to produce fuel briquettes from shale oil tars combined with coal dust, peat or iron ore dust at Seafield Artificial Patent Fuel Works (which later became Seafield Crude Oil Works). The process was the invention of Mr Rae, factor of the local landowner, John Pender M.P., who formed the company in partnership with a number of other parties, with the Duke of Sutherland at its head. It appears that the Duke had considered a similar patent fuel business on his Brora estate






Success of the Duke Sutherland's Colliery Sinkings. In July and August last, public attention was prominently directed to the vigour with which the Duke of Sutherland had begun to test the character of coal deposits known to exist at Brora, not far from his Grace's northern home, Dunrobin Castle. The Duke has continued to receive the assistance of Mr. K. Jones, the chief mining engineer of the Lilleshall Company, in Shropshire, of which Earl Granville and the Duke of Sutherland are leading proprietors; and the sinkings and excavations which Mr. Jones has recommended and directed have been attended with more than anticipated success. The noble owner of the property has taken great interest in the practical details, and during the recent visit of the Queen to Dunrobin Castle, it will be remembered that her Majesty inspected what was being done; and to one of the workmen the surface, who was working without hit coat whilst rain was falling, ordered one her carriage plaids be given.

During the past few days the Duke of Sutherland has been at Brora, accompanied by Mr. Jones, there to learn that a great source of wealth has been discovered, and the means afforded of making much of the wilds of Sutherland the locality a busy and prosperous industry. In the middle oolite formation, at a point on the surface not far from his Grace's Sutherland Railway, the sinkings have developed coal 4 feet 7 inches thick. Immediately underneath this seam there is fine curly cannel coal 7 feet thick, very rich in gas, of great commercial value. Below this, again, there is a fine oil-producing shale. One of the first results of these discoveries will be that retorts will be erected, and the peat bogs of the country will be got, disintegrated, and mixed with the oil, compressed with a little very fine slack, and converted into patent fuel for locomotive and other similar purposes.

West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, 13th February 1873


Rates... The most important appeal was that of Mr. John Pender M.P., and the Seafield Patent Fuel Works, the branch railway and minerals at Seafield, which altogether the assessor had valued at £600. The assessor stated that, besides furnishing the usual schedule, he had repeatedly written to the parties for a full and correct return for the property; but no one had compiled with his requisition.

The Falkirk Herald 17th September 1874

Notice to the Creditors of the SEAFIELD PATENT FUEL COMPANY, Seafield Works, by Bathgate.

As liquidator appointed to wind up the affairs of this Company, I hereby intimate that, as the Liquidation will shortly be closed, any creditors having claims still remaining unpaid must lodge the same with me here ad mae application of settlement not later than the 30th December first; with certification that if parties fail to put forward their claoms in temrs of this Notice, no provision for their payment will be made in the Liquidation.

Jas. Alex. Molleson, C.A.

5 North Saint David St. Edinburgh, 24th November 1876

The Edinburgh Gazette, 24th November 1876

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