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John Nimmo & Son

Company number:
Not known
Share capital:
Pre 1866
After 1881?
Registered office:

9 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh (until 1875)
42 North Lauder Road, Edinburgh (from 1875)

John Nimmo was a coal master with mining interests at Limerigg near Slamannan. He opened an oil works at Grangepans c.1866, but after only a short period of operation, the plant was dismantled and transferred to Limerigg. For a brief period advertisements were place in the Glasgow Herald for "Koh-i-noor paraffine oil" manufactured at Limerigg. Although the Limerigg colliery and the oil works were put up for sale in 1869 "in consequence of the proprietor going abroad", the works were still in operation in 1873.

Various members of the Nimmo family ran coal mining firms in Stirlingshire and Lanarkshire, the relationship between which remains unclear. Evidence suggests that John Nimmo (1826-1896), previously manager at Kinneil ironworks, set up business as a coal master at Drumclair in c.1852. He had four sons, James, John Thomas, Adam and Charles, all of whom became coal masters. John Nimmo's address at time of death was 42 North Lauder St. Edinburgh and his firm was trading under the title of John Nimmo and Sons. It seems likely that this firm was floated as a public company and subsequently restructured on two occasions. Company records list :

  • John Nimmo & Sons Ltd, company number 3518, incorporated 1897
  • John Nimmo & Sons Ltd, company number 5272, incorporated 1903
  • John Nimmo & Sons Ltd, company number 12525, incorporated 1923

Advertisements for the sale of Limerigg Oil Work in 1869 gives the contact address as "John Nimmo, 35 Clerk St. Edinburgh". Prior to 1869, the firm of James Nimmo & Co was operating Longrigg colliery, and may have been involved in oil production at Longrigg Oil Works during the 1880's. It might be assumed that James was the son of John Nimmo of Limerigg.

Entries in Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Scotland prove puzzling:

  • The edition for 1867 lists "Nimmo, John & Son" under Paraffin & Mineral Oil Manufacturers (& crude oil) at Grange Chemical Works, Bo'ness
  • The edition for 1878 lists "Nimmo, James, Slamannan" under Paraffin and Mineral Oil Manufacturers
  • The edition for 1886 lists "Nimmo, John & Sons, coal and paraffin oil manufacturers, Limerigg and Drumriggend, Slamannan.

This suggests that oil may have been produced at Limerigg (or Drumriggend?) into the 1880s, but might be in error, instead referring to James Nimmo & Sons' oil operations at Longrigg?


  • John Nimmo
  • others?


  • Newspaper references
    • Nimmo 1867.jpg

      Advertisment from Slater's trade directory, 1867


      • Nimmo, John & Sons, coal and paraffin oil manufacturers, Limerigg and Drumriggend, Slamannan. (1886)
      • Nimmo, John, Limerigg colliery, Slamannan, 9 Bernard Terrace (1869-74)
      • Nimmo, John, Limerigg colliery, Slamannan, 42 North Lauder St. (1875-81)
      • Nimmo, John, (J.N. & son), 42 North Lauder St (1882)
      • Nimmo, John & Son, (Lochore Colliery, Fife-shire), 38 Commercial St. (1868).
      • Nimmo, John & Son, coal masters, 83 Clerk St, (1877-85+)

      Entries from successive editions of the Edinburgh Post Office Directory