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Burntisland No.3 mine

Location 56.071588, -3.208494, show in map
Shale-field Burntisland shale-field
Dates opened and closed Open pre-1883 , abandoned 1893?
Owner Burntisland Oil Company Ltd (Old)
Type of working Vertical shaft
Seams worked Dunnet Shale
Oil works served Binnend Oil & Mineral Works
Current status of site Wooded waste ground


Also known as Whinnyhall No.3, this mine dipped to the North East, exploiting shale in the eastern parts of the Burntisland shale-field.

Mineral statistics for 1883 records that No.3 pit worked a 6' seam of Dunnet shale by a combination of stoop and room, and longwall working. 5 were employed on the surface and 32 underground (5 and 40 in 1884) under the management of Jno. Louden. The downcast shaft measured 10'x5' and was 150' deep. the upcast 5.5'x5' and 160' deep. The mine was non-firery, ventilated by steam jet, and was double shifted.


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

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WANTED, thorough practical Winding Engineman; must be steady and sober. - No.3 Shale Mine, Burntisland Oil Works. Glasgow Herald, 12th July 1888.


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