Scottish shale Scottish shale

Robert Steuart & Co.

Active in the oil business from c.1865
Active in the oil business until c.1874 ?

Captain Robert Steuart (often spelled "Stewart") of Westwood House was active in exploiting the mineral resources of his estate. Work began in construction of the Westwood paraffin oil works c.1865, the proprietor being recorded in valuation rolls as "Robert Stewart (?) & Co. The 1870 Post Office directory for Edinburghshire lists "Steuart & Co., Westwood oil works, West Calder".

From 1869 valuation rolls records the proprietors as "Captain Robert Stewart / Westwood Oil Company". It is not know whether this reflects a change in the ownership or status of the firm.


  • Captain Robert Steuart
  • others ?

  • Newspaper references
    • MINERAL OIL FIELD TO BE LET. A MINERAL FIELD, of about 230 Acres-containing Several Seams of Superior Bituminous Shale, with Smithy and other Coals, Fireclay, Ironstone and Limestone, in the Estate of Westwood, lying in the parish of Livingstone, about a mile distant from the Edinburgh, Bathgate, and Morningside Railway, and well suited for an extensive Mineral Oil Work, is to so Let. For further particulars and terms, application may be made to the Proprietor, Robert Steuart, Esq of Westwood, West Calder; Thomas Sprot, Esq., W.S, Edinburgh; or Messrs. Mackenzie & Moore, M.E., Glasgow.

      Scotsman, 24th August 1864