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Albyn mine

Location 55.941890, -3.461422, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Open prior to 1883, Broxburn shale workings abandoned 1893-4, Curly shale working abandoned 1905
Owner Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft
Seams worked Broxburn and Curly Shales
Oil works served Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Derelict ground within an industrial site


A substantial mine driven from a site in the heart of Broxburn Oil Works. The main roadway headed to the south east following the dip of the Broxburn Shale.

Mineral statistics for 1883 record that Albyn mine worked a 5ft thick seam of Broxburn shale by stoop and room. 10 were employed on the surface and 79 underground, (16 and 75 in 1884) under the management of Alex Kennedy. Downcast and upcast shafts were 8'x7' and 9'x7' respectively, and the non-fiery mine was ventilated by fan.


Ordnance Survey maps reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

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