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
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- 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