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Boghall No.2 coal pit

Location 55.886243, -3.591025, show in map
Shale-field Cousland and Seafield shale-field
Dates opened and closed Perhaps opened c.1870, abandoned 1873?
Owner E Meldrum & Company (Meldrum & Simpson), Uphall Mineral Oil Company Ltd, Uphall Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft, 18 fathoms deep
Seams worked Houston Coal
Oil works served Boghall (Starlaw) Shale Oil Works
Current status of site Within agricultural land, visible only in soil colouration


A short-living working in the Houston Coal. It is unclear from mine plans whether this shaft also accessed the Fells Shale. Perhaps also known as Starlaw No. 2 Pit.

See "Early mines and pits in the Boghall area" for further background.


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

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The Coal Authority mine abandonment catalogue list the following shale workings from Boghall:

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