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Andrew Spencer (firm)

Company number:
Not known
Share capital:
Oil interests began c.1869
Oil interests ceased c.1872
Registered office:

13 Dixon St. Glasgow

Oil works:

Andrew Spencer was first listed as a coalmaster in the 1864 edition of the Glasgow post office directory. From 1869 he is listed as proprietor of Shawsburn and Auldton collieries, Larkhall and from 1872, also Ashgill colliery. The office address was given as 13, Dixon St. Glasgow, and the residence as Millburn House, by Carluke. This listing remained unchanged until 1881, when Andrew Spencer was described as proprietor of Shawsburn, Riggside and Douglas collieries. Presumably Auldton and Ashgill pits closed or were sold off at that time as, on 23rd February 1880, the Glasgow Herald advertised the sale of machinery at those locations. Andrew Spencer continued to be listed as a coalmaster into the 1890's.

Separate listings are included in post office directories between 1869 and 1872 for "Andrew Spencer, Shawsburn oil works, Larkhall, office; 13 Dixon St.". Valuation rolls list Shawsburn oil works as "not working" between 1871 and 1875.


  • Andrew Spencer

  • Newspaper references
    • DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP. Glasgow, April 30, 1869. THE Copartnery carried on by the Subscribers, as Coalmasters in Glasgow, and at Pather Colliery, Wishaw, under the Firm of BOYD & SPENCER, was this day DISSOLVED by mutual consent. The work will be continued and orders attended to by the Subscriber William Boyd, as hitherto.


      Edinburgh Gazette, 4th May 1869


      A New Coalfield for Dalserf.—Messrs Sim, Marlarge, have leased the minerals on Shawsburn, Dalserf, from the trustees of the late Captain M'Neil, Hamilton. operations will be begun soon. A portion of the mineral field was formally worked Mr Spencer.

      Dundee Courier, 30th January 1885