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Boghall No.3 pit

Location 55.883130, -3.588145, show in map
Shale-field Cousland and Seafield shale-field
Dates opened and closed Unknown; presumably active within the period when Boghall Oil Works were active (1868-1882)
Owner Uphall Mineral Oil Company Ltd, Uphall Oil Company Ltd ?
Type of working Vertical shaft, 49 fathoms deep, 9 fathoms to Houston coal
Seams worked Fells Shale, also perhaps Houston Coal
Oil works served Boghall (Starlaw) Shale Oil Works
Current status of site Shrub and public open space; no trace remains of surface features.


This site is marked on a number of mine plans as "No. 3 Pit". It lay to the south of the presumed site of Boghall (Starlaw) Oil Works, and earthworks marked on later maps suggest that the pit site was linked to the oil works site by tramway. It is therefore supposed that the mine was Boghall No. 3 Pit. The label "air shaft" on OS maps seems erroneous and is annotated "not air" on mining plan LSP 576

The mine site lies within an area of ground that was the subject of landfill and regrading during the 1990's and now forms Easter Inch and Seafield Law local nature reserve.

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.

Underground Workings


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

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