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Abercorn Oil Co.

A co-partnership, founded in about 1872
Dissolved c.1880, on formation of the Walkinshaw Oil Co. Ltd.
Registered office:

48 Dundas St, Glasgow (1874-75)
4 Bath St, Glasgow (1878-79)

Oil works:


  • Walter MacLellan - Iron Merchant, Glasgow
  • John Anderson - Manager of the Oban Railway
  • George MacLellan Blair - Iron Merchant, Glasgow
  • William Jack

John Anderson was listed as manager in 1878

The Abercorn Oil Company was formed in about 1872. The Company's Inkerman Oil Works, located in the Parish of Barony, Renfrewshire, first appears in valuation records in 1872. The Company is listed as Manufacturers of Crude Shale Oil, 48 Dundas Street, Glasgow with works at Inkermann, near Paisley in the 1874-1875 Post Office Glasgow Directory, and Manufacturers of Crude Shale Oil and Bricks, 4 Bath Street, Glasgow with works at Inkermann, near Paisley in the 1878-1879 Directory.

On the 24th September 1880 an agreement was made to amalgamate the undertakings, property and assets of the Abercorn Oil Company with those of James Liddell & Company in order to enlarge and improve on their works and businesses. The new, amalgamated company was named the Walkinshaw Oil Company Ltd.

  • Associated references
    • Registration Records transcribed from dissolved company records held by the National Archives of Scotland.