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Bredisholm Oil Co.

Share capital:
Not known
c. 1865
c. 1870
Registered office:


A newspaper article (The Scotsman 04/09/1866, below) describes the company as the Bredisholm Oil Company (Limited), although never registered as a limited company. Valuation rolls list Bredisholm Oil Company as proprietors from 1866 until 1869, thereafter listing the Uddingston Oil Company.

Slater's royal national trade directory of 1867lists under "oil manufacturers"; Bredisholm Oil Co. Ballieston, Alexander Stewart, Manager


  • Alexander Stewart, Uddingston ("one of the managing partners")
  • others

  • Newspaper references

      Little more than Nine months ago, an acre of land was staked off on the farm of Aitkenhead, in the vicinity of Baillieston, by a company of gentlemen for the purpose of erecting an oilworks thereon. Estimates for the work were received, and that of Mesers George Bennie & Co., engineers, Glasgow, was accepted. The works, under Mr. Bennie' s superintendence, were rapidly proceeded with, and within the period mentioned no less than 104 retorts, on the most improved principle, have been completed for the manufacture of oil, and placed under the directorship of Mr. Alexander Stewart, Uddingston, one of the managing partners of the firm, which is named the Bredisholm Oil Company (Limited). Last week sixty of the newly-erected retorts were "fired up," and found to work admirably . Each of the retorts cost upwards of £ 60, and will produce on an average thirty-five gallons of crude oil per ton of parrot coal, this coal being found, to exist in abundance in the neighbouring workings belonging to Messrs Reid & Co., Nackerty. The works when finished will furnish employment for nearly 150 men.

      Scotsman, 4th September 1866