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Uphall Mineral Oil Co.

Company number:
Not known
Share capital:
Partnership dissolved on 1st May 1871 on formation of the Uphall Mineral Oil Company Ltd)
Registered office:

Operations based at Uphall

Oil works:

A partnership between local landowner Peter McLaggan , who had established a small oil works at Stankyards, Uphall, Edward Meldrum, previously a partner of James Young and Edward Binnie in the operation of Bathgate chemical works, and Benhar coalmaster George Simpson. Meldrum and Simpson, trading as firm of Edward Meldrum & Co., were at that time proprietors of the Boghall oil works.

The partnership attended to the development of Uphall oil works until 1871, when the Uphall Mineral Oil Co. Ltd was formed to take forward the partner's various oil interests.


  • George Simpson
  • Edward Meldrum
  • Peter McLagan

  • Newspaper references
    • THE Copartnery heretofore existing under the Name or Firm of THE UPHALL MINERAL OIL COMPANY,trading as Manufacturers of Mineral Oil at Uphall, of which the Subscribers were the sole Partners,was DISSOLVED on the 1st day of May 1871, when the Business and Works of the Company were transferred to the Uphall Mineral Oil Company (Limited).


      (JOSHUA FIELDEN, (Witness). ARCHD. ORR EWING, (Witness) - Witnesses to the Signature of Peter M'Lagan.)

      ED. MELDRUM.

      (DAVID CULBERT, (Witness), JAMES CALDER, (Witness) - Witnesses to the Signatures of Edward Meldrum and George Simpson).

      Edinburgh Gazette, 27th June, 1871