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Pumpherston No.3 mine

Location 55.906096, -3.482021 , show in map
Shale-field Pumpherston shale-field
Dates opened and closed Closed 1901
Owner Pumpherston Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Jubilee, Maybrick, Curly, Plain, and Wee seams of the Pumpherston Shales
Oil works served Pumpherston Oil Works
Current status of site Rehabilitated land forming part of Pumpherston golf course


One of a sequence of steeply inclined mines following the outcrop of Pumpherston Shales along the western arm of the Pumpherston anticline. It appears that latterly, workings from Pumpherston No. 3 Mine linked to those of Pumpherston No. 1 and No. 2 Mines.


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

Underground Workings



We contemplate developing that portion of our mineral field lying to the south and convenient to our works, and working that new seam of shale to which some reference was made in our report last year. I am happy to be in a position now that, after repeated tests, this shale is fund to give the high yield of 40 gallons of crude oil per ton of shale, and in money value gives results not obtainable from any other shale presently worked in Scotland. Annual general meeting of the Pumpherston Oil Company reported in Glasgow Herald, 11th June 1887


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