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Straiton No.8 mine

Location 55.883350, -3.164230, show in map
Shale-field Burdiehouse and Straiton shale-fields
Dates opened and closed Abandoned 1900
Owner Clippens Oil Company Ltd (Old), Clippens Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Broxburn Shales
Oil works served Pentland Paraffin Oil Works
Current status of site Retail park


An unidentified adit, close to Straiton Oil Works and Refinery, coinciding with workings in the Broxburn Shale marked on a mining plan. Perhaps No. 8 Mine.?

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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HITTING A MAN WITH A SHOVEL – In the Edinburgh Sheriff Summary Court to-day, Richard Johnstone was fined 10s, with the option of five days' imprisonment, for assaulting an engineman named Beck at No. 8 shale mine, Straiton, by hitting him with a shovel to the effusion of blood.

The Edinburgh Evening News, 27th February 1897

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