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Boghall mine to Raeburn shale

Location 55.885632, -3.598847, show in map
Shale-field Cousland and Seafield shale-field
Dates opened and closed Not known, closed prior to 1895
Owner Perhaps Uphall Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft
Seams worked Raeburn Shale
Oil works served Probably Boghall (Starlaw) Shale Oil Works
Current status of site Mine site associated with a substantial bing of burnt waste


A mine to a small reserve of Raeburn Shale, not titled on available mining plans.

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

Recent Images


The outcrop of the (Raeburn) shale has been traced between the Starlaw and Gardners Hall, and in a bore near the former locality it is one foot nine inches thick, and was worked near Starlaw by a small mine. Oil Shales of the Lothians; British Geological Survey, 1906.


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

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