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Straiton No.3 mine

Location No. 3 Pit = 55.885053, -3.164048, show in map No. 3 Mine = 55.885144, -3.165193, show in map
Shale-field Burdiehouse and Straiton shale-fields
Dates opened and closed No. 3 Mine closed pre-1897, No. 3 Pit abandoned 1900
Owner Clippens Oil Company Ltd (Old), Clippens Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Inclined adit, vertical shaft
Seams worked Dunnet Shale
Oil works served Pentland Paraffin Oil Works
Current status of site Car parking area of retail park


Straiton No. 3 Pit and an earlier No. 3 Mine, located close to Straiton Oil Works and Refinery and identified on a mining plan.

See Pentland No. 1 & No. 2 Mines for an overview of shale mining in the Straiton area.


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

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