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Elgin oil depot

Former parish and county:
Parish of Elgin, Country of Elgin
Local authority:
Current status of site:
Now (2021) the Elgin depot of Gleaner Oil Ltd., distributors of Shell Oils.


  • Oil tanks, presumably associated with railway sidings, are recorded as installed by the Oakbank Oil Co. Ltd, see 183530 page 137.
  • The Secretary submitted new leases for sites for depots at the following stations on the Highland Railway in subsitution of the leases at present held my members: Wick, Invergordon, Elgin, Thurso, Dingwall, Kingussie, Tain, Inverness, Pitlochry. Minutes of the Scottish Oil Agency Ltd. 2nd June 1919, See: 215765 page 196.
  • The Scottish Oil Agency Ltd agreed a lease in 1926 for a piece of ground at Ashgrove, Elgin for a motor spirit and oil depot. See full record 183530 page 72
  • In the same year agreement was reached with the LNER for a surface box and pipeline on the south side of Linkwood siding. See full record 183530 page 70

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  • Newspaper references

      Coal Tar and Oil Ablaze.

      Thirty tons of coal, 25 of which had only been taken in Wednesday, burned furiously in that occurred in the Moray County Council's stores at Ashgrove, Elgin. Numerous barrels of tar and oil added to the conflagration, which sent flames leaping into the air for distance of about 100 feet.

      The flames at one time threatened the adjacent oil and petrol depot of the Scottish Oil Agency. The fire was first observed by railway employees, who rushed to the scene and succeeded in saving a Ford truck. Two hopper waggons, Ford motor car, a motor cycle, and all engineering fittings were lost. The Elgin Fire Brigade, which was summoned, stood powerless to do anything owing to the distance at which the nearest hydrant was situated. The loss, covered by insurance, estimated to be in the neighbourhood of £1000.

      Dundee Evening Telegraph, 8th July 1927