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William Black & Sons

Company number:
Not known
Share capital:
Not known
from 1860's?
Registered office:

49 Jamaica St. Glasgow

Oil works:

A company formed by William Black, an Airdrie coalmaster with extensive mineral interests in the Stanrigg and Slamannan areas. The Stanrigg Oil Co and the Blackston Mineral Oil Co shared most partners with the firm of William Black & Sons, and it appears possible that William Black & Sons may have directly controlled oil works prior to the formation of these affiliated companies. All three companies were merged in 1895 on formation of a limited company; William Black & Sons Ltd.

In successive editions of the Glasgow Post Office Directory throughout the 1870's and 80's, the firm was described as "Coalmasters and coke manufacturers, proprietors of Stanrigg, Auchingray, Southfield, Brownyieside collieries".


  • Newspaper references
    • Bill Chamber – Saturday, January 31 (Before Lord Low) Black & Sons v. Young's Paraffin Oil Company - In the Bill Chamber Mr Dickson appeared on behalf of Wm. Black & Sons, coalmasters, 18 George Square, Glasgow, in their action against Young's Paraffin Light and Mineral Oil Company, in which interdict is asked if respondents' alleged unlawful use of wagons belonging to the complainers, and an order is asked upon the respondents to return 17 waggons which, it is alleged, they had in their possession at the time the note was presented. They state that in order to be better able to serve their customers they procured wagons of their own in which to carry coal, than they had difficulty in getting a sufficiency of wagons, and that on making inquiries they found that other traders, and particularly the respondents, had for the past month been illegally using them for the conveyance of shale, coal, and oil from their works at Addiewell and elsewhere. In reply the respondents say that the waggons were supplied to them by the North British Railway Company, and they deny liability for any damage which may have been inflicted upon the complainers. In the discussion Mr Dickson stated that so last as yesterday they saw wagons of theirs standing filled with the respondents' goods. Lord Low said that probably the thing complained of had arisen in connection with the recent congestion of traffic. He passed the note for trial of the case, and continued the question of granting interdict until Mr Ure could attend. Counsel for Complainers – Mr Dickson. Agents – J. & A. Hastie, S.S.C. Counsel for Respondents – Mr Ure. Agents – Maconochie & Hars, W.S.

      Glasgow Herald, 2nd February 1891