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George Hutchison & Co.

Company number:
Not known
Share capital:
1858 or earlier
Registered office:


Redwood includes; "Hutchinson's Oil Works, proprietor: Hutchinson, operational 1864-66" in his list of oil works associated with the coal or shale oil trade. This might refer to activities at Bishop Street Oil Manufactory, which valuation rolls indicate were operated c.1858 -61 by George Hutchison & Co., and c.1862-3 by Robert Hutchison & Co.

During 1861 and 1862 the firm of George Hutchison & Co. are listed in trade directories as "manufacturers of hyper-sperm oil"; thought to be an oil produced surreptitiously using Young's patent process, despite claims that it was "solely manufactured from animal matter". The firm of William Brown & Co. also manufactured "hyper-sperm oil."

In 1860, the firm of George Hutchison & Co. was dissolved, although the business continued under that name with Robert Hutchison as sole partner. This firm appears to have been declared bankrupt in 1862. The hyper-sperm oil business then seems to have been carried forward by the firm of J & R Hutchison & Co., a partnership of John Hutchison and Robert Hutchison, This business was dissolved early in 1863 and the business carried forward by the firm of George Hutchison & Co., of which Robert Hutchison was sole partner

In 1865, the firm of Hutchison & Son, of which Robert Hutchison was sole partner, was declared bankrupt.

Robert Hutchison & Co. were also proprietors of the Cowlairs Road Oil Works which valuation rolls indicate were operational between 1867 until a major fire in April 1871 that destroyed much of the works. These oil works appear to have been exclusively concerned with the processing of natural oils and greases.

There is no known association with the firm of Thomas Hutchison, proprietors of a paraffin refinery near Broxburn between 1864 and 1869.

  • Newspaper references
    • THE Partnership carried on in Glasgow by the Subscribers, sole Partners thereof, as Manufacturers and Refiners of Oils, under the Firm of GEORGE HUTCHISON & COMPANY, was DISSOLVED by mutual consent, of this date. The Business will be continued under the same Firm by the Subscriber, John Hutchison, who is alone authorised to receive and discharge the debts due to the Company, and who will pay all debts owing by it.


      Edinburgh Gazette, 9th November 1860


      WILLIAM ANDERSON, Accountant in Glasgow, Trustee on the sequestrated estates of GEORGE HUTCHISON & COMPANY, Manufacturers of Hyper Sperm Oil, and Merchants, Port-Dundas, Glasgow, and John Hutchison, Manufacturer of Hyper Sperm Oil, and Merchant, Port-Dundas, Glasgow, and residing in Glasgow, the only Partner of said Firm, and as an Individual, hereby intimates, that the Bankrupts have made an offer of composition of Six Shillings in the pound on all debts due by the said Firm of George Hutchison & Company, and by John Hutchison, as the only Partner thereof, and as an Individual, at the date of their sequestration, payable by three equal installments at three, six, and nine months respectively from the date of their final discharge. The Bankrupts have further offered to pay or provide for the expences attending the sequestration and remuneration to the Trustee, and have offered James Walker Littlejohn, Wine and Spirit Merchant, Glasgow, as security for the said composition, expenses of sequestration, and Trustee's remuneration. The claims lodged for James Walker Littlejohn are objected to and not included in said offer, Nine tenths in number and value of all the Creditors ranked, or entitled to be ranked on the estate, having assented in writing to said offer, Notice is hereby given, that a general meeting of the Creditors will be held within the Chambers of Messrs Kerr, Anderson, & Brodie, Accountants in Glasgow, on Wednesday the 21st day of May next, at 12 o'clock noon, for the purpose of finally disposing of the Bankrupts' offer and the security proposed. WM. ANDERSON, Trustee. Glasgow, April 28, 1862.

      Edinburgh Gazette 29th April 1862


      DISSOLUTION OF COPARTNERY. THE Copartnery of JOHN & THOMAS HUTCHESON & COMPANY, which carried on Business as Soapmakers at Rosevale Works, West Scotland Street, Glasgow, whereof the Subscribers were sole Partners, was DISSOLVED of mutual consent as upon 31st August 1863. Messrs Hutcheson are authorised to uplift and discharge all debts due to, and will pay all debts due by the late Firm.


      Edinburgh Gazette, 30th January 1863


      ANDREW CARRICK ROBERTSON, Accountant in Glasgow, Trustee on the sequestrated estates of HUTCHISON & COMPANY, Oil Merchants and Manufacturers in Glasgow, and Robert Hutchison, Oil Merchant and Manufacturer there, the only Partner of that Company, hereby intimates that his accounts, brought down to the 31st ultimo, have been audited by the Commissioners, and that they have postponed the declaration of a dividend until next statutory period, and dispensed with intimation by circular to the Creditors. . ANDW. CARRICK ROBERTSON, Trustee. Glasgow, June 28, 1865.

      Edinburgh Gazette, 30th June 1865


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      Advertisment from Slater's trade directory, 1867



      Late last evening a most alarming and disastrous fire broke out in a still, lard, tallow, and sperm oil manufactory at Cowlairs, belonging to Mr Robert Hutchison, by which a great portion of the building was destroyed and an immense quantity of the stock stored in the premises were consumed. The works, which are situated in the northern district of Cowlairs, covering an area of fully an acre and a half. The building in which the fire originated consisted of four storeys, and measured 140 by 50 feet . This building was used for pressing and filtering purposes,.and was stored with a large quantity of lard, tallow, and oil. These premises were surrounded by other buildings, also containing large supplies of oil.

      To the west of the house in which the fire occurred there is a two-storey building,a portion ofwhichisfittedupao an engine, fir house and a boiler house, anol the remainder as fel a pan-room or store, which also contained oil of and tallow,. and to which the fire ultimately extended. The fire was first observed shortly before ten o'clock,. and was at that time confined to the northern portion of the building. The alarm was immnediately raised, and the on people connected with the work, most of whom live in the immediate, neighbourhood, were communicated with, but though they arrived shortly afterwards, the flames, which,owing to the imflammable nature of the material contained in the premises, extended with. alarming rapidity, had reached well nigh to the centre of the building. Some delay , was caused in sending information of the occurrence to the fire station in Glasgow, as a consequence of the telegraph wire. which passed over the works being burned.

      Glasgow Herald 12th April 1871