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Uphall - Wyllie's Oil Works

Alternative names:
Stankards Paraffin Refinery
Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Built c 1865
Presumably demolished c 1878
Current status of site:

Not listed by Redwood.

A small-scale paraffin refinery "adjoining the railway station" at Uphall, and probably in the vicinity of the Railway Chemical Works.

No link has been established between the proprietor, Daniel Wyllie, and Robert Wyllie, partner in Lester, Wyllie & Company, operators of Drumcross Oil Works.

  • Rateable value by year
    • Date Rateable Value Owner Occupier Notes
      1865 £35 Wylie Daniel Wylie Daniel
      1866 £90 Wylie Daniel, Trustees Of Wylie Daniel, Trustees Of
      1867 £150 Wylie Daniel, Trustees Of Wylie Daniel, Trustees Of
      1868 £160 Wylie Daniel, Trustees Of John P Raeburn of Charlesfield
      1869 --
      1870 £180 John P Raeburn of Charlesfield John P Raeburn of Charlesfield
      1871 £180 John P Raeburn of Charlesfield John P Raeburn of Charlesfield
      1872 --
      1873 £100 Wylie Daniel, Trustees of Unlet
      1874 £50 Mrs Jane Wylie Unlet
      1875 £15 Mrs Jane Wylie
      1876 £15 Mrs Jane Wylie
      1877 £15 Mrs Jane Wylie
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    • ALL Parties having CLAIMS against the Estate of the Later DANIEL WYLIE, sometime Iron-founder in Stirling, afterwards Paraffine Oil Maker at Uphall near Broxburn, and residing in Edinburgh, are requested to lodge within One Month, their Claims with the Subscriber: and to all Parties DUE the said estate are requested, within the like period to pay their Debts to the Subscriber.

      Glasgow Herald, 13th June 1866


      AT UPHALL on TUESDAY, 10th NOVEMBER, - SALE OF THE WHOLE MACHINERY AND PLAN OF THE OIL REFINERY AT UPHALL (Adjoining the Railway Station). Which belonged to the late DANIEL WYLLIE BY AUCTION. P. BURNS, SONS & M'COLL AUCTIONEERS, Glasgow, beg to intimate that they are instructed to SELL the Entire MACHINERY and other PLANT as above, in Lots to suit Purchasers, consisting of 6 Malleable Iron Stills with Cast-Iron Tanks, Worms, Pipes, Furnace Mounting, Bricks & c.; Small Horizontal Steam-Engine, 3 Wooden Agitators, lined with lead; Cranes and Gearing, Wooden Cisterns, lined with lead and zinc; Screw Oil Press, Lever-Weighing Machine, Cast-Iron Boilers, Malleable Iron Pipes, 3 Boilers, with Furnace Mountings and Bricks; Hand-Pump; Smith's Tools, &c. The Buildings and Premises are to Let, Entry immediately after removal of the Articles sold, and, being close to the Railway Station, are very suitable for Works of various kinds. Further particulars and Catalogues on application to A.J. Dickson Esq., S.S.C., 8 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh; or the Auctioneers. Trains leave College Station, Glasgow, at 6.45 and 10.40; and Waverley Station, Edinburgh at 7.30 and 11.30. On view the Day before. Sale to begin at Half-past 12. 108 WEST NILE STREET, GLASGOW.

      Scotsman, 5th November 1874