Advertisement from Slater's trade directory, 1867
We understand that the estate of Bathville, Linlithgowshire, has been purchased by John Watson, Esq., coalmaster, Glasgow, at the sum of £10,500. This estate, which has hitherto been held on a long lease by Mr. Watson, contains the celebrated Boghead gas coal, blackband ironstone, and other valuable minerals.
Glasgow Herald, 1st July 1859
THE Trustees and Executors of the Deceased JOHN WATSON, Esq. of Bathville, Coalmaster in Glasgow, ceased to have any interest in the Company carried on under the Firm of JOHN WATSON & SONS, as Coalmasters at Glasgow, Bathville, Netherwood, and elsewhere, on the 1st day of August 1864. The Business of John Watson & Sons will be continued by the Subscribers, Thomas, William, and David Watson. August 31, 1864.
JOHN WATSON Jnr, THOMAS WATSON, JAMES MAITLAND, ROBERT YOUNG, - Trustees and executors of John Watson of Bathville
WILL. TOWERS-CLARK, Witness, WILLIAM STEVENSON, Witness - Witnesses to the subscription of the trustees and executors of John Watson.
JOHN A. M'CALLUM, Witness, ROBERT MACGREGOR, Witness - Witnesses to the subscription of Thomas, William, and David Watson.
Edinburgh Gazette, 6th September 1864
Bathville Oil Works, By Bathgate, 12th June 1865. THE SUBSCRIBERS beg to intimate to the OIL TRADE that they have this day appointed Messrs W. and H. POTTS, Port Hopetoun Warehouses, Edinburgh, as AGENTS for the Sale of their BATHVILLE PATENT PARAFFIN OIL in Edinburgh and South-East of Scotland. The Trade will supplied by them from their Stores in Edinburgh, or direct from the Works.
Glasgow Herald, 17th June 1865
Extract of Report by Dr. STEVENSON MACADAM:- "This Oil is a Cheaper and Better Illuminating or light-Giving Agent than the best Standard Pennsylvanian Petroleum. It does not char the which so much, and it continues to burn clearer for a longer time. The Bathville Oil is remarkably Safe, and will not give off any inflammable vapour under 120 Fahrenheit. Petroleum is generally below this standard." JOHN WATSON & SONS, MANUFACTURERS, BATHVILLE WORKS, BY BATHGATE. AGENTS – W. & H. POTTS, Edinburgh. This Oil is Sold in nearly Every Town in Scotland. Please see that You Get Bathville Oil.
Scotsman, 16th January 1868
WANTED, and oil merchant to purchase and cultivate the sale in Yorkshire of new and valuable lubricants just patented in Britain. Address Watson's Bathville, Bathgate, N.B.
Leeds Mercury, 22nd March 1871
NOTICE to OIL MANUFACTURERS and DEALERS. -BATHVILLE TRINIDAD OIL.- (Patents of 1869 and 1870.) - We beg to intimate, on behalf the Patentees this Oil for Currying Leather and other purposes, that Proceedings will be instituted against any person or persons Infringing their Rights, either false representations or use of their trade name or mark.
Teale and Appleton Solicitors for the Patentees.
THE Estates of JOHN WATSON & SONS, Coalmasters and Oil and Brick Manufacturers at Bathville, near Bathgate, and of Thomas Watson, William Watson, and David Watson, all Coalmasters and Oil and Brick Manufacturers at Bathville aforesaid, the Individual Partners of the said Company of John Watson & Sons, as such Partners, and as Individuals, were Sequestrated on the 24th day of November 1874, by the Court of Session.
Edinburgh Gazette, 24th November 1874
SEQUESTRATION of JOHN WATSON & SONS, Coalmasters and Oil and Brick Manufacturers at Bathville, near Bathgate, as a Company, and of Thomas Watson, William Watson, and David Watson, all Coalmasters and Oil and Brick Manufacturers at Bathville foresaid, the Individual Partners of said Company, as such Partners, and as Individuals. The Trustee hereby intimates that the Commissioners have audited his accounts made up as at 24th April 1877, and have postponed a Dividend until the recurrence of another statutory period. M'CLELLAND, MACKINNON, & BLYTH, For WM. MACKINNON, Trustee. Glasgow, 8th May 1877.
Edinburgh Gazette 11th May 1877