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Calder Oil Co.

Company number:
Not known
Share capital:
Not known
Prior to 1863
Partnership dissolved on 17th April 1866
Registered office:

72 Great Clyde Street, Glasgow

Oil works:

A collaboration between two established Glasgow firms of manufacturing chemists; both of the partners of James Greenshields & Son, and John Edgar Poynter of John Poynter & Son. The enterprise seems to have met with little success and the Greenshields withdrew from the company in 1866, turning their attention to the development of East Fulton Shale Oil Works.

The Calder Oil Company title seems to have been used initially for John Edgar Poynter's Buchan Oil Works in Broxburn.

The company was listed in the Glasgow Post Office directory between 1864 and 1867 as "Calder Oil Co., paraffin mineral oil distillers, Palace Craig, near Airdrie; office, 72 Great Clyde street", and in Slater's royal national commercial director of 1867 as: "Calder Oil Company, Faskyn - Jas Greenshields, managing partner".


  • Newspaper references
    • TO OIL REFINERS, &c. WANTED by the Subscribers, OFFERS for 100,000 Gallons CRUDE PARAFFINE TAR. distilled from Gas Coal. A Contract for a further quantity might also be arranged. Calder Oil Coy., 72 Great Clyde Street, Glasgow.

      Glasgow Herald 25th January 1865


      DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP, Glasgow, April 17, 1866. The Company carrying on business as Crude Oil Distillers at Placecraig, near Airdrie, and in Glasgow, under the Firm of THE CALDER OIL COMPANY has this day been dissolved of mutual consent. The Subscribers James Greenshields and James Greenshields Junior, retiring, and the Subscriber John Edward Poynter taking over the assets and liabilities, and continuing the business of the Company.

      Edinburgh Gazetter 20th April 1866