Methil - NEW OIL WORKS – The recently discovered process of converting coal into oil is going forward very briskly in this place, and the works are being increased, thereby affording employment to many willing hands.
Fife Herald, 2nd March 1865
MINERAL OIL WORKS – TO BE LET, with Immediate Entry. THE METHIL PARAFFIN OIL WORKS, METHIL, FIFESHIRE, including the WORKS lately occupied by the Methil Paraffin Oil Company, with the SMITH'S and COOPER'S SHOPS, OFFICE, &c., fourteen TENEMENTS for WORKMEN, and a very extensive YARD. For about 90 yards, the Property fronts the Harbour at Methil, where vessels of 200 tons burden can load and discharge cargoes. The works are well-situated for a cheap supply of coal and are only about a mile from the Leven Station on the Leven and East of Fife Railway. Arrangements may be made for supply of Cannel Coal, yielding from 50 to 60 Galls. Of Crude Oil per Ton, which can be delivered at the works at a low rate. Further particulars may be obtained from JAMES WEBSTER, S.S.C., 37 Albany Street, Edinburgh; of JAMES W KIRBY, Pirnie Colliery, Leven, Fife.
Scotsman, 6th October 1869
VALUATION APPEAL COURT
The Pirnie Coal and Paraffin Oil Company appealed against the valuations put upon certain houses they had erected upon their works for the use of their workers, for which they alleged no rent was paid. Mr J. R. Welch, writer, supported the appeals, and said it was the principle upon which the valuation was made that his clients disputed. He stated that the appellants had a lease for twenty-one years of the colliery at Methil and works at Methilhill from the late Mr Wemyss, and that during the currency of their lease they were entitled to erect certain buildings, including workers' houses, at their works, which might or might not be taken by the proprietor at a valuation, and might be taken down at the expiry of the lease. The buildings were erected by the appellant, but as he had no feudal title to them he submitted that they could not be assessed.
Fife Herald, 17th September 1868
To be SOLD by PUBLIC ROUP at LEVEN STATION, LEVEN and E . of FIFE . RAILWAY on WEDNESDAY the 13th day of October 1869. 312 PARAFFIN OIL CASKS belonging to the Sequestrated Estate of the Methill Paraffin Oil Company. Many of the Casks are new . The Whole will be Divided into suitable Lots. The Roup to begin at One o'clock P.M . Leven 1st October 1869.
Scotsman, 12th October 1869
Methil - The Chemical Works – We learn that the Paraffin Oil Works have been leased by a Kirkcaldy firm, and are soon again to be in operation.
Fife Herald, 19th May 1870
LEVEN - Sale of Methil Oil Works
The Paraffin Oil Works at Methil, which have long been standing, have been disposed of. Mr Binnie [sic], coalmaster, has purchased a number of the retorts, with the view, we learn, of erecting them near his colliery for the purpose of manufacturing his coal into crude oil.
Fife Herald, 27th October 1870
Methil - Oil Works – Preparations are making here to start the Paraffin Oil Works that have been standing for some time past. They are leased by Mr Binny [sic], of The Pirnie Parrot Coal. It will give employment to a few. But this Oil Works is very offensive to many of the inhabitants here, from the filth it produces, and especially to the fishermen, who will suffer from its bad effects in destroying their bait.
Fife Herald, 1st December 1870
Methil - The Paraffin Oil Works. —Much activity prevails at these works at present. The oil manufactured is sent off a crude state, and in number of cases is, we understand, used in the making of gas. These works add not little to the trade the district and materially enhance the shipping at the harbour.
Fife Herald, 17th October 1872
Methil – To be let for a term of years, the Buildings, Dwelling Houses, and Land known as the Methil Paraffin Oil Works, situated close to the Harbour. The Oil-making Plant, consisting of 13 retorts, Condensers, Steam Engine, Boiler & c. can be taken over by Valuation or not at the option of the Tenant. The premises are suitable for Iron Shipbuilding, for which they were formerly used, and for other purposes. Apply Mr. Kirby, Ashgrove, Leven.
Scotsman, 2nd January 1878