More than a decade before the historic discovery of natural petroleum by Edwin Drake at Titusville, Pennsylvania, James Young, the son of a Glasgow cabinet-maker, was laying the foundations of a British oil industry that was to live for more than a century, and was at its peak to provide employment for more than 10 000 workers and produce some 260 000 tons of oil.1


Source Rock Bituminous Coal British Petroleum European Free Trade Association Natural Petroleum 
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  1. 2.
    H.R.J. Conacher, ‘Dr James Young–A Brief Biography’, in Oil Shale and Cannel Coal, Institute of Petroleum (London, 1938 ) pp. 1–2.Google Scholar

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