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Hopetoun No.41 (Fawnspark) mine

Location 55.972918, -3.504200 show in map
Shale-field Ecclesmachan district?
Dates opened and closed Open c.1906, abandoned 1927
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Upper Grey, Grey, Upper and Main Shales
Oil works served Hopetoun Oil Works
Current status of site Site returned to agriculture, but leaving substantial subsidence


A shallow mine exploiting shale on either side of the Union Canal, resulting in considerable subsidence. Linked by standard gauge railway to Hopetoun Oil Works.


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

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The same company (Young's Oil Co.) propose laying a railroad from No.35 pit at Threemiletown to their new mine which is being opened up near Fawnspark farm. It is understood this work will commence in the course of a few days. The Linlithgowshire Gazette, 7th September 1906

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