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Shettleston Oil & Chemical Co. Ltd.

Company number:
Registered in Scotland, No. 1431
Share capital:
Not known
15th December 1890
24th June 1958
Registered office:

18 George Square, Glasgow (29th May 1903)
Thereafter Shettleston, Glasgow

A firm of tar distillers and oil manufacturers, with many of the same directors as the Stanrigg Oil Co. The company was acquired in 1946 by Scottish Tar Distillers. It appears that the Stanrigg Oil Co. had been experimenting with benzol production at Stanrigg oil works, and that the establishment of a new company to develop Shettleston oil works was intended to progress this production.


The first directors of the company are listed below:

  • John Black - Viewbank, Airdrie, Coalmaster
  • William Black - Stanrigg, Airdrie, Coalmaster
  • Robert Dunlop - Whiterigg, Airdrie, Manufacturing Chemist
  • Thomas Jeffrey - Thrush Villa, Airdrie, Oil Manufacturer

  • Newspaper references
    • An English company put up a plant at Shettleston to extract benzol, but was unsuccessful. On his own initiative Robert (Dunlop) negotiated a good price to buy the disused plant, and became a partner when the resulting Shettleston Oil and Chemical Co Ltd was formed in December 1890. The number of oil companies in Scotland was dwindling, and most of them were making losses in real terms, yet the revitalised works at Shettleston lasted right through until 1958.

      From Robert Dunlop by Margaret Ford, The Edinburgh Geologist Issue No.20



      AT an Extraordinary General Meeting of the above Company, duly convened, and held at 172 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, on the Thirtieth day of June 1956, the following Resolution was passed as a Special Resolution: — "That the Company be wound up voluntarily and that Hugh Ferguson, Chartered Accountant, 86 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, be and is hereby appointed Liquidator for the purposes of the winding up."

      HUGH FERGUSON, Liquidator. Dated the 30th day of June, 1956.

      Edinburgh Gazette, July 3rd 1956

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