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Dalmeny No. 1 Pit

Location Uncertain - perhaps 55.977036, -3.379608, show in map
Shale-field Queensferry and Dalmeny shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1870?, date of abandonment not known
Owner Dalmeny Oil Company Ltd (Old), Dalmeny Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Vertical shaft
Seams worked Main or Broxburn, Curly, New, Brushing Shales
Oil works served Dalmeny Oil Works
Current status of site unknown - possible site is now a field margin close to the M9


The location of Dalmeny No.1 Pit is still to be identified. Mines and Pits Sunk lists Dalmeny No. 1, 2, & 3 Pits, plus four air pits sunk in the Dalmeny shale-field. Mining plans mark the location of a number of shafts, but do not identify any of these as No. 1.

One possible candidate for Dalmeny No. 1, lay just north of Dalmeny Rows, and is marked as "Air Shaft" on the 1896 25" OS map. It is unusual in being associated with a substantial range of surface buildings, plus a small spoil heap, suggesting that the shaft might previously have been used for winding shale. Most of these surface building seem to have been cleared by the 1916 survey, although one might have formed the basis of the quaintly named Fans Cottages.


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

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The extent and contents of the Mineral Field have been amply proved by Mineral Workings and Boring. The Mining Machinery has been completed so as to admit an Output of 200 Tons of Shale per Day, and, by a little further expenditure, this can be easily increased. From the Dalmeny Oil Company prospectus, printed in the Glasgow Herald, 5th October 1871.