James Snodgrass (c.1851-?)

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  • Appointed as chemist by Pumpherston Oil Co.
  • 1887, Mr Wm. M. Frazer and Mr James Snodgrass, patented in May 31st, 1887, "improvements in the primary distilling apparatus for shale, etc.”
  • 1887, Appointed assistant works manager at Pumpherston
  • 1890 Recorded as Works manager of the Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd's Tarbrax Oil Works
  • 1890 - Recruited by Linlithgow Oil Co. as Works Manager c.1890, but left the company's employment c.1892 following blame for major deficiencies in operating practice. Described as "a trained chemist who came with a good reputation"

A James Snodgrass, manufacturing chemist of Paisley was declare bankrupt in 1894

James Snodgrass & Co, chemical manufacturers of Marshall's Lane, Paisley Paisley directory and general advertiser 1892 &1893 Only - James Snodgrass of Paisley chemical works – home 2 Keir terrace, Maxwell Rd, Pollockshields

Patent 1886 Alexander Neveson, Inkerman, Renfrew; and James Snodgrass, same place – improvements in obtaining ammonia in connection with distillation of oil-yielding of carbonaceous materials.

  • Census data
    • 1871 census

      • Age 20, born Row, Dunbartonshire
      • Address Glenan Farm Steading
      • Occupation: Farm servant
      • Living with father James (53), sister Jessie (18) and Margaret (6)

      1881 census

      • Age 30, born Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire
      • Address: 60 Hopehill Rd, Kelvin, Glasgow
      • Occupation: Analytical Chemist
      • Living with father? James (63) and sister? Margaret (16)

      1891 census

      Age 40, born Row, Dunbartonshire

      Address: Mansion House, Linlithgow

      Occupation: Oil Works Manager

      Wife, Agnes (41) Children, Jane (8)

      1901 census

      shows a James (43) and Agnes (34) Snodgrass born Row, farmer at Bryans Farm House, Newbattle with children Matthew (6), James(3), Agnes(1) and Maggie(under1 month), however the 1891 census shows James(33) and Janet White Snodgrass(31) at Bryans farm shows a James (30) and Agnes (39) Snodgrass – born Helensburgh, at 10 Buchanan gardens, old monkland, chemical manufacturer.