‘Beginning and the end of the Lewis Chemical Works', a detailed account written by D Morison, former foreman of the plant, of its operation from 1857 to 1874. Edit




  • 1895. (Creation)


  • 61 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Scope and Contents

    The Lewis Chemical Works was established by Sir James Matheson, proprietor of Lewis, to distil tar and paraffin oils from the abundant local peat. Sited above the south side of the River Creed, near Stornoway, it suffered, according to Morison's account, from incompetent management, lack of expert supervision, and peculation by imported employees, accumulating financial losses which led to closure in 1874.

    Seven line drawings and plans (folios 2, 39, 40, 43, 47, 50, 61) are included in the volume.

  • Bibliography

    With the exception of the drawings, the complete text has been published by T I Rae in ‘Scottish industrial history; a miscellany’, ‘Scottish History Society’ (1978), pages 182-212.

  • Arrangement

    61 folios.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1967, by D R Morrison, Kingussie.