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Auchinheath Chemical Company

1864 or prior
1872 or later
Registered office:

Not known

Valuation rolls and other sources, (see "snippets" below), record the Auchinheath Chemical Company as proprietors of small-scale Auchinheath oil works. Redwood however lists the owners as "J. & J. Baird".

The nearby Kirkmuirhill Oil Works, (which appears to have share a site with a tileworks) is recorded in valuation rolls as being operated by John and James Baird. James Baird Junior is known to have been proprietor of Auchinheath tile works until his bancruptcy in 1894. This evidence suggests that the Baird family may have been associated with the Auchinheath Chemical Company . No link has been found between John and James Baird and John Baird and John Baird Junior proprietors of the Annick Lodge Oil Works and several other crude oil works in Ayrshire.


  • John Baird ?
  • James Baird Junior ?
  • others?

  • Newspaper references
    • CRUDE OIL. - Auchinheath Chemical Company's make, of from 18,000 to 20,000 Gallons monthly, S.G. 890 for 12 months, or to Martinmas year 1874.- Offers will be received up to 10th by Alex. Walker, Lauriston, by Falkirk.

      Glasgow Herald, 6th August 1872


      TO THE CREDITORS ON The Sequestrated Estates of JAMES BAIRD, JUNIOR, Brick and Tile Manufacturer, Auchinheath Tile Works, Lesmahagow. BY virtue of an Order by the Sheriff-Substitute of Lanarkshire, James Baird, junior, above designed, hereby intimates that he has presented a Petition to the Sheriff of Lanarkshire at Lanark, to be finally discharged of all debts contracted by him before the date of the Sequestration of his Estates, in terms of the Statutes. WM. STODART, Writer, Hamilton, Agent for Petitioner. Hamilton, 3rd August 1894.

      Edinburgh Gazette, 7th August 1894