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Cousland No.1 mine

Location 55.886128, -3.582278, show in map
Shale-field Cousland and Seafield shale-field
Dates opened and closed Open pre-1896, closed 1901?, abandoned 1912?
Owner Pumpherston Oil Company Ltd (and predecessor?)
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Broxburn Shale
Oil works served Seafield Crude Oil Works
Current status of site Waste water treatment plant. No trace of surface workings survive


Cousland No.1 Mine lay about 800m north east of Seafield Crude Oil Works and was linked by a tramway. Workings in the Broxburn Shale dipped to the south west.

A plan in the museum collection (see drawings) shows limited workings in the Broxburn Shale that appear to coincide with those of Cousland No. 1, and may represent a preliminary phase of working.


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

Underground Workings


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The Pumpherston Oil Company have posted a notice at their Seafield Works intimating to the shale miners that No.1 Cousland Mine will be closed on Saturday first. A considerable number of men will be thrown idle by this, but the manager has consented to give as many as possible work in the other mine. The oncostmen however, will have to leave the district, as work cannot be found for them. The industrial outlook in the Lothians is not at all bright at present. The Falkirk Herald, 8th March 1902

Accident Records


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

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