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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Scottish Tar Distillers

From Graces Guide

Scottish Tar Distillers of Falkirk and elsewhere

1929 Formed by the amalgamation of James Ross and Co Ltd, Henry Ellison Ltd and Gas Residuals Ltd.

1946 acquired Richard Smith Ltd and Shettleston Oil and Chemical Co

1950 Became a Public liability company.

1952 the Scottish Gas Board acquired 25% of Scottish Tar Distillers

1960s Acquired James A. Beck and Sons Ltd, Belfast and Dunn Brothers (Manchester) Ltd.

1971 Following the diversification of its interests, the company changed its name to Ross Chemical and Services Co Ltd in February 1971. The constitution of the company was changed to permit Scottish Tar Distillers to be a subsidiary company.

1972 the Scottish Gas Board sold its shares to Hay’s Wharf Ltd, of London who sold it on in 1973 to Kuwait Investment. Shortly thereafter the Lime Wharf works were gutted by fire and the remaining tar distillation work was bought by British Steel Corporation (Chemicals ) Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Falkirk Archives: chemicals