An accident of a serious character occurred at the Coatbridge Oil Works on Thursday afternoon, whereby Mr Rennie, manager, and Mr Graham, of Messrs John Graham & Sons, boiler makers, Glasgow were both severely burned. Mr Graham was making an inspection of the works in company with Mr Rennie, who was showing him something about the furnace, and had raised the damper for the purpose when the sulphurous gas was forced into the furnace and an explosion followed, burning the two about the face and neck, and also Rennie's hands and wrists. Dr Adams attended on Rennie, and Mr Graham was sent home.
Glasgow Herald, 8th February 1868
COATBRIDGE OILWORKS, ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY 13th and 14th APRIL at the WORKS, near COATBRIDGE. IMPORTANT SALE OF DISTILLING, REFINING and PARAFFIN PLANT, STEAM ENGINES and BOILERS, KIRK'S FREEZZING MACHINE, by Norman, DONKEY and PUMPING ENGINES, HYDRAULUC PRESSES and PUMPS, 54 TANKS (many nearly new), including 6 Large Circular Tanks, 8ft cir x 11'6" high; 2 47ft cir. X 14'9"high; C.I. Plate Tank. 46' x 16'; 3 Rectangular Tanks; 6 Upright Tanks, and 40 Boiler Tanks, several suitable for Steam, capacities from 1100 to 52,500 Gals. 14 C.I., and M.I. STILLS. CONDENSERS, RETORTS, SMALL GASOMETER, EXPERIMENTAL STILLS, About 500 C.I. STEAM and OIL PIPES, Two-Ton CRANE, SIDING RAILS, Lot IRON COAL HUTCHES, TRUCK WEIGHING-MACHINES, by Pooley & Smith. Whole BRICK and SLATED BUILDINGS, CARTS, COUNTING-HOUSE FURTNITURE, &c., BY AUCTION. J. & R. EDMISTON are instructed to Sell as above, the whole Plant, Utensils, and Buildings of the Coatbridge Oilworks, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 13th and 14th April. Catalogues on application. J. & R. EDMISTON, Auctioneers.
Scotsman, 10th April 1880