Scottish shale Scottish shale

Adam & Hamilton

A co-partnership formed 1866, or earlier.
After 1871

Valuation rolls record that "Adam and Hamilton" were proprietors of Sheepford Locks Oil Works between 1867 and 1871. A newspaper account (see The Scotsman, 28/01/68, below) describes a new oilworks belonging to "Adam & Hamilton, Coalmaster, Airdrie", owner of a number of pits in the area. No other references to the firm are currently known.

Editions of "Slater's Royal national commercial of Scotland" were published in 1861 and 1878; neither list the firm of Adam & Hamilton, but includes individuals with those surnames under the lists of Coalmasters in Airdrie:

  • ADAM, James, Victoria Place (1861 edition only)
  • HAMILTON, Robert, Dundyvan (1878 edition only)

  • Newspaper references
    • AIRDRIE –New Oil Work. – Another addition is about to be made to the numerous crude oil works already in existence in and around this locality. A considerable extent of ground, situated near the village of Coatdyke, has been feued for the purpose, and building operations have commenced. The work, which is a large one, belongs to Messrs Adam & Hamilton, Coalmasters, Airdrie, who have already a number of pits in the neighbourhood putting out large quantities of shale. Operations will be commenced as soon as the retorts can be erected.

      Scotsman, 27th January 1868