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Oakbank Oil Co. Ltd. (1868)

Company number:
Registered in Scotland No. 303
Share capital:
2nd March 1869
6th January 1886
Registered office:

54 Miller Street, Glasgow (4th March 1869)
128 Ingram Street, Glasgow (1st June 1877)
224 Ingram Street, Glasgow (6th September 1882)

Oil works:


A limited company, formed to acquire the business and property of the Midcalder Mineral Oil Co Ltd., which rebuilt and substantially extended Oakbank oil Works, refinery and Oakbank shale pit. The company's first Chairman, Robert Fraser, was a Glasgow merchant with a range of business interests, including ownership of the Drumcrosshall oil works and an engineering works in Bathgate. He was succeeded by Alexander. C. Kirk. in 1879.

The company's progress was often limited by the supply of shale from Oakbank pit, and prospected for new sources of shale at Drumcrosshall and North Cobbinshaw without success. The company was dissolved in 1886 following the creation of a new company, also named the Oakbank Oil Co. Ltd., to raise additional capital and take forward the business.



  • Associated references
    • Registration Records transcribed from dissolved company records held by the National Archives of Scotland.