I didnae ken that...

Scotland was once the largest producer of oil in the world.

Did you know?

It's true (though forget the North Sea, Aberdeen etc)...

One day in 1848,

Canny inventor nicknamed 'Parafin Young' spotted oil oozing from coal inside a mine shaft which gave him an idea.

He invented a way to distill oil from Torbanite, then later, shale.

So new industry was born... and thousands of workers flocked in.

After initially setting up shop in Bathgate...

‘Young’s Paraffin Light and Mineral Oil Company’ set up it's new plant in Addiewell, West Calder... and blazed a trail selling paraffin and refined oil as far away as America!

Others like Robert Bell in the 1860s opened an oil shale mine in Broxburn which at it's peak was turning out 10,000 barrels a day!

(Sorry Aberdeen, it wasnae the North Sea this time :)


Here's to more pioneers like the 'Parafin Youngs' in Dunfermline I say.

  • Thinkers.
  • Inventors.
  • Entrepreneurs.

Which brings me to Fife Council...

Councillor Helen Law is promoting a £200 million investment for Dunfermline.

It's for a new education campus.

Let's hope it helps birth some more innovation here.

We need more bright minds than ever before.

And they will probably invent something which doesn't stink up the place either!

Tam D Matheson