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Mid Breich No.2 mine

Location 55.861925, -3.595548, show in map
Shale-field Breich shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1900; closed 1903
Owner New Hermand Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft at an angle of 1 in 3
Seams worked Fells Shale
Oil works served Breich Oil Works
Current status of site Waste bing survives within pasture


A short-lived mine, apparently exploiting the same reserve of Fells Shale as Mid Breich No. 4 Pit. This is presumably the new mine in Wester Breich referred to at the first AGM of the New Hermand Oil Company in 1900 (see snippets).

See also Early Shale Workings in the Breich Area.


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

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It was pretty well understood that when the works of any company had stood idle for about eight years it could not be started right away without hitches here and there........ They had to rely upon No.4 pit for a full supply of shale. They were disappointed, and within the past few months they had made sure of new supplies of shale. They were now pretty well off in that respect, and within the next week they would be opening a new mine at West Breich, in addition to one on Mid Breich, on their own property. First annual general meeting of the New Hermand Oil Company, reported in Glasgow Herald, 24th July 1900

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