Extensive Improvements at Broxburn
The extensive works that have been erected on the Earl of Buchan's property at Broxburn, by Messrs Faulds & Co., of Glasgow, are now in operation. The mineral is said to be of the very best quality, and in the greatest abundance, and likely to pay highly both his Lordship and the company. The works will be greatly increased shortly. There are two other oil works on the property. The village of Broxburn is fast increasing in size, chiefly from the mineral works and coal pits, and from the many improvements going on over the property.
Dunfermline Press, 20th August 1862
TO BRICKLAYERS, JOINERS, AND OTHERS. THE Liquidators of the Broxburn Shale Oil Company (Limited) require TENDERS for the TAKING DOWN of the WALLS and ROOFING of the several brick erections including Retorts, Benches, Tanks, &c., at the Company's Works, near Broxburn, and within Ten Miles of Edinburgh. The terms and conditions of Contracts will be learned by applying to Mr. McGregor, at the office of the company, 49 West George St, Glasgow.
Scotsman, 19th November 1863
AT THE BROXBURN SHALE OIL COMPANY'S WORKS. On TUESDAY, 19th JANUARY 1864.
EXTENSIVE SALE OF MACHINERY, UTENSILS, STEAM-ENGINE AND BOILER, HORIZONTAL AND UPRIGHT RETORTS,HYDRAULIC MAINS, CONDENSERS,WROUGHT AND CAST-IRON REFINING AND CRACKER STILLS,CISTERNS,SHAFTING AND GEARING,HUTCH RAILS, CAST-IRON PIPES, HENDERSON'S PATENT DERRICK CRANE, PETROLEUM CASKS, STORES, WHOLE WOOD MATERIAL, FIRE AND COMMON BRICKS, TILES, &c.,of the Buildings, And WHOLE PLANT of the said Works, (By order of the Liquidators.)
TO BE SOLD At the BROXBURN SHALE OIL COMPANY'S WORKS, BROXBURN, About Ten Miles West of EDINBURGH, On TUESDAY, 19th JANUARY 1864. P. BURN & Co. Beg to intimate that they are instructed by the Liquidators of the BROXBURN SHALE OIL COMPANY (LIMITED) TO SELL the Whole MACHINERY, UTENSILS BUILDING MATERIALS, PLANT, &c., belonging to the said company. The Union Canal Bounds the Works on the South, and there is a Wharf and Crane, so that the above Plant, &c. Can be easily removed.
Scotsman, 11th January 1864
BROXBURN- Sale of Oil Works
The extensive works of the Broxburn Shale Oil Company, recently erected at a cost of £10,000, were sold in lots on Tuesday. The sale was largely attended, and competition was good; but the price realised was only about one-fourth of the original cost.
Scotsman, 21st January 1864
Early in 1862, the Broxburn Shale Oil Company (Limited) was formed, which after expending a large sum of money, was wound up in about two years. The whole plant was sold, and Mr. Fernie of the Saltney Oil Works, succeeded the company in the occupation of the ground.
Scotsman, 8th February 1869
THE GLASGOW OIL COMPANY, BROXBURN (LIMITED) IN LIQUIDATION.
THE UNDERSIGNED is prepared to receive TENDERS for the Works of the above Company, situated near Broxburn, consisting of 257 Horizontal Retorts, 36 Vertical Retorts, One Crude Oil Still, with all the Receivers and Stock Tanks, Steam Engines, Boilers, Winding Gear, Donkey Pumps, Railways, Shale-Breaking Machine and Connections. Tank Boat for the Carriage of Oil by Canal, Plant for the Manufacture of Ammonia, Clay-grinding Mill, with Engine and Boiler attached; Offices, Manager's and Workman's Houses, Workshops, Working Tools &c. – all per specification. A considerable proportion of the Plant has not been long in use. The Work is capable of producing 90,000 Gallons of Crude Oil per Month, with Shale, producing 24 Gallons per Ton, and in excellent working order. The whole will be shown to intending Offerers on their applying to the Manager of the Works. Sealed Tenders to be lodged with the Undersigned, at 48 Dundas Street, Glasgow, on or before the 15th April next. The highest or any Offer may not be accepted. JOHN ANDERSON, Liquidator. Glasgow, 28th March 1873.
Scotsman, 4th April 1873
Evidence of the Glasgow Oil Company (Limited). Broxburn. Our works are situated on a tributary of the Brox burn. Employ 110 hands. Rateable value of works, £628. The bed of the stream has not silted up. Our works are not affected floods. Obtain supply water partly from springs and from surface drainage, but do not know the annual consumption at our works. Use yearly 42,000 tons of bituminous shale, and 150 tons of sulphuric acid. Produce 1,050,000 gallons of crude shale oil, and 200 tons of sulphate of ammonia. Have no liquid refuse except water from which the ammonia has been extracted, and which is used for raising steam. The whole of the solid refuse produced is conveyed to a rubbish heap. Use steam as power. Consume yearly 13,000 tons of coal, the ashes from which are removed to a rubbish heap. The excrements of our workpeople are removed by farmers and used for manure. Have no suggestions to offer as to the best means of avoiding pollution in future, or to the conservancy of rivers and streams.
Falkirk Herald, 28th August 1873
Evidence of Robert Bell, Paraffin Oil Manufacturer, Broxburn, Linlithgowshire. My works are situated on an affluent of the Almond. Employ 340 hands. Rateable value of works £510; and of minerals, £1644 13s 11d. The bed of the stream is not silted up. My works are not affected by floods. Obtain supply of water jointly from mines and canal, but am not able to state the annual consumption at my works. Use yearly, bituminous shale, 70,000 tons; sulphuric acid, 260 tons; caustic soda or other alkali, 20 tons. Produce crude paraffin, 460,000 gallons; illuminating oil, 250,000 gallons; sulphate of ammonia, 60 tons; paraffin scale, 80 tons; blue oil, 130 tons. I am not able to give the volume of the condensed water separated from tar after removal of naphtha, or spent sulphuric acid after first purifying process, or spent caustic soda and tarry matter after second purifying process. These waste liquids are put on to a burning spent shale heap and consumed there. The whole of the premises use steam, 117 nominal horse-power. Consume yearly 10,000 tons of coal, the ashes from which are used to repair roads, and the remainder put on to the spent shale heap. The excrements of my workpeople are used as manure on our farm. Have no suggestions to offer.
Report on the pollution of Scotch rivers to the Rivers Pollution Commissioners, as reported in The Falkirk Herald, 28th August 1873
Mr. Faulds, in company with some others, erected a small work in 1862, just north of Canal-Bridge No. 28, and set up 36 horizontal retorts, but they abandoned the works shortly afterwards because the price of crude oil fell below a shilling per gallon. Mr. Fernie then took up the works in 1864, added 32 vertical retorts, and abandoned them in 1866; they were restarted, however, shortly after by a firm known as the " Glasgow Oil Company ".
Primrose, Strathbrock or The history and antiquities of the Parish of Uphall, 1898