Bathgate West Lothian Scotland

Bathgate first known as Bathchet circa 1150 and through the ages changed slightly due to spelling errors. Bathgate is a commuting town now but had a past of great importance, the story of which can be found in the Bennie Museum, in the town centre.

James Young invented the process of extracting, paraffin oil, paraffin wax, and crude oil from oil shale which began an oil boom in West Lothian. The evidence still remains in the Bings that are pink shale waste, that stand around west Lothian countryside.

James Young Inventor

James Young (1811-1883), engineer, founder of first commercial oil-works in the world and was regarded as the father of the petrochemical industry. The company set up by James Young circa 1860 is now part of a well-known company worldwide BP. For more information on James Young and the Shale Gas industry visit the Museum of the Scottish shale oil industry Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Millfield, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7AR.

 

Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry

 Museum of the Scottish shale oil industry Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Millfield, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7AR.

Bennie Museum

The Bennie Museum 9-11 Mansefield Street Bathgate West Lothian EH48 4HU opened in May 1989 to tell the story of f Bathgate’s history and life. The Bennie Museum is run by Volunteers. It holds expeditions throughout the year, for more information visit http://www.benniemuseum.org.uk/content/