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Hopetoun No.6 (Glendevon) mines

Location 55.960683, -3.481545, show in map
Shale-field Winchburgh
Dates opened and closed Abandoned 1957
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adits
Seams worked Broxburn Main and Upper Grey Shales
Oil works served Hopetoun Oil Works (latterly Niddry Castle Crude Oil Works?)
Current status of site Garage, workshop and private dwellings


A substantial mine with three adits, whose workings ultimately linked underground with Hopetoun No. 35 Pit. Linked to Hopetoun Oil Works by standard gauge railway.

Oilshale was also produced from "Glendevon quarry" immediately after WW11 (output 55,669 tons in 1945, 23025 tons in 1946). It is uncertain whether these workings were related to Hopetoun No. 5 or Hopetoun No. 6 mine. Maps show an excavated area to the north west of No. 6 mine, although it is unclear whether this relates to oilshale working.


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

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At the west end of this area, near Glendevon, the Broxburn shale is at present worked by three mines which start from a common centre, one being driven down the dip slope and the other two slightly oblique, with the result that the working faces have and extension of two-thirds of a mile. This mine is connectied with the pit 72 fathoms deep at Trinlymire. Page 67, Oil Shales of the Lothians, British Geological Survey, First edition 1906

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