James M'Kelvie (c.1813-1890)

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Edinburgh coal merchant, associated with several early oil enterprises, and a director of the Caledonian Oil Co.

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    • CLERK WANTED, for a Crude Oil Work. One who has been employed in the same way before will be preferred. Wages to commence with 21s per week – Apply to Mr. James M'KELVIE, Haymarket, Edinburgh

      WANTED, CONTRACTOR to Manufacture Crude Oil, at fixed price per gallon. The Shale and Fire Coal will be put free into the Works. The Contractor will bound to keep the Works in good repair.—Offers to be sent to Mr JAMES M'KELVIE, Haymarket, Edinburgh, before the 20th inst.

      The Falkirk Herald 17th December 1868



      Yesterday afternoon, James M'Kelvie, merchant, Haymarket, who has subject for sometime to epileptic fits, took one at his residence at Woodside House, Linksfield, Musselburgh, and falling into the fire sustained such serious injuries that he died. Yesterday forenoon Mr M'Kelvie was in his usual health, and communicated with his business premises at Haytnarket by telephone, but while in his room alone at noon was seized with a fit falling forward the fire and being severely burned about the head and face. Medical aid was summoned soon as the accident was discovered, but the old gentleman died in great suffering at half-past one. Mr M'Kelvie, who was about 76 years was a member St Cuthbert's Free Church, Edinburgh, to which recently presented organ, He was very highly esteemed. owned considerable property the Roseburn suburb the city, and was building several houses at Musselburgh. He was twice married, is survived by a widow, but has no family.

      Edinburgh Evening News 13th November 1890