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Dunnet's mine, East Hermand

Location Approximately 55.856259, -3.552371 show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1867, abandoned c.1872
Owner Matthew Dunnet
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Dunnet Shale
Oil works served East Hermand Crude Oil Works
Current status of site Suspected site subsequently quarried and now wasteland and wood


Early shale workings serving Matthew Dunnet's East Hermand Crude Oil Works., The seam worked there became universally known as Dunnet shale. Following failure of the oil works, sandstone was quarried providing a good quality building stone used in many of Edinburgh's prestigious buildings, and clay was quarried for brick production.

Geological Survey sketch plan LSP 461 (see Drawings, below) suggests an unusual arrangement in which the mineral railway reversed via a headshunt then entered the mine (the red line on the plan). This route was subsequently realigned to serve the quarry.


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

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