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David Hamilton & Co.

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David Hamilton & Company appears to have purchased Roman Camp Shale Oil Works in c. 1869 in partnership with Dr. James Steele from Wishaw, who also owned Broxburn Paraffin Works and Broxburn (Stewartfield) Shale Oil Works. This partnership was short lived as Dr Steele had David Hamilton imprisoned and the works were put up for sale again in 1871.


  • David Hamilton
  • Dr. James Steele

  • Newspaper references
    • I, JAMES STEELE M.D. Wishaw; hereby intimate that I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE for any DEBTS and OBLIGATIONS incurred by DAVID HAMILTON, Shale Oil Distiller and Refiner, Roman Camp Works, Broxburn from since the 1st day of February 1870.

      Glasgow Herald, 29th March 1870


      Court of Session OUTER HOUSE . (Before Lord Ormidale) SUSP. HAMILTON v. STEELE. This is a suspension and liberation at the instance of David Hamilton, shale oil manufacturer, Roman Camp, Broxburn , against James Steele, doctor of medicine, Wishaw, by which the complainer seeks to have suspended an extract registered protest proceeding on a bill for £ 300, dated 17th March 1870, drawn by the respondent upon and accepted by the complainer and payable three months after date, and in respect of which the complainer was, upon 14th October last, incarcerated in the prison of Edinburgh by the respondent . The complainer presented this note of suspension and liberation, alleging that the respondent is his partner in the oil works at Roman Camp, Broxburn, the business of which was carried on under the name of the complainer and that the bill for £ 300 was truly an advance to the capital of the concern by the respondent, and not a personal debt, as alleged by him.

      Scotsman, 13th April 1871


      JAMES WINK, C.A., Glasgow, has been appointed by the Court of Session Judicial Factor on the Copartnery carrying on business as Shale Oil Manufacturers at the 'Roman Camp Works," Broxburn, under the Name of DAVID HAMILTON, or DAVID HAMILTON & CO. All Persons having Claims against the said Copartnery are requested to send statements thereof to the Subscribers before 1st October proximo. MITCHELL, WATSON, & WINK. 4, National Bank Buildings, Glasgow, September 1, 1871.

      Edinburgh Gazette, 5th September 1871


      ROMAN CAMP SHALE OIL WORKS, NEAR BROXBURN. There will be Exposed for SALE by Public Auction, by James Wink, C.A., Judicial Factor appointed to wind up the Facility Hall, St. George's Place, Glasgow, on Wednesday the 20th December 1871, at Two o'clock P.M. THE LEASE, BUILDINGS, MACHINERY, and UTENSILS of the ROMAN CAMP SHALE OIL-WORKS near BROXBURN, belonging to James Steel M.D., Wishaw, and David Hamilton, Shale Oil Manufacturer at said Works. The Lease comprehends the whole Coal, both Common and Gas Coal, and oil shale and Ironstone within a portion of the Earl of Buchan's Lands of Strathbrock, in the parish of Uphall and the County of Linlithgow, lying to the South of the Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway. The lands extend to about 330 imperial acres and contain the well-know Broxburn Oil Shale in favorable position. The lease is for Seventeen Years from Martinmas 1868 with breaks in favour of the Lesses in 1873, 1876, 1879 and 1882. The fixed rent is £150 per annum, or, in the opinion of the landlord, a lordship on Shale of one-tenth of the value realised by the Lessee, and moderate lordships on other minerals. The Machinery consists both of Mining and Manufacturing Machinery, of which an Inventory and Valuation had been made (the latter amounting to £2,800.) There are Fifty-one Horizontal Retorts, and the necessary Apparatus for Refining their produce. The whole subjects will be exposed for Sale in One Lot, at an Upset Price to be stated in future advertisements. Orders to inspect the works may be obtained from the Judicial Factor, and intending offerers are referred for further particulars to J.A. DIXON, Writer, 156 West George Street, Glasgow; or to JAMES WINK, C.A., of Messrs Mitchell, Watson & Wink, 4 National Bank Buildings, Glasgow, the Judicial Factor on the Estate.

      Scotsman, 24th November 1871