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Balbardie (lands)

The estate of Balbardie and Bathgate was purchased for the Incorporation of Daniel Stewart's Hospital, Edinburgh in 1861, controlled by the Edinburgh Merchant Company.

The mineral rights to the lands of Balbardie were leased to:

Pits in the lands of Balbardie:


See full account of the Modern history of the Bathgate mines.(1902), and see full account of Balbardie Coal Company - a Retrospective (1906)



Together with the Mansion-house, Offices, &c. containing about 881 imperial acres, whereof the greater part consists of amble land of superior quality. The property is very compact, and is most advantageously situated, nearly half way hetween Edinburgh and Glasgow, within a short distance of Bathgate, which is both a post and market town. Coal might be wrought extensively on the property, and there is also an inexhaustible field of Limestone, at present partially worked. The superiority of the Town of Bathgate, which is built on the property, confers much weight and influence on the proprietor of these Estates; and so desirable a property in every respect is seldom to be found. For further particulars apply to Archibald Borthwick, accountant, No. 5, North St David Street, Edinburgh; or to Messrs Scott & Balderston, W.S. Edinburgh, 10th April 1844.

Caledonian Mercury, 4th July 1844



THE MINERALS, consisting of GAS COAL. BLACKBAND, IRONSTONE, and HOUSEHOLD COAL, in the Estates of BATHGATE and BALBARDIE, in the County of Linlithgow, belonging to the Incorporation of Daniel Stewart's Hospital, and as presently held on Lease by Mr James Hosie, will be Let on Lease for Nineteen Years from Martinmas 1861, or such term may be agreed on. There are Two Working Pits presently in operation, where the Minerals can examined: and the Minerals will be Let at a fixed Yearly Rent, or Royalties the respective Minerals, the option of the Proprietors. Offers in writing will received Thomas Strong, W. 8., 40 Prince s Street, Edinburgh. Clerk to the Incorporation, till 15th August next, and any information will be given application to him ; Mr Alexander Scott, Craiglockhart, Slateford, Factor on the Balbardie Estate ; or Mr John Geddes, Mining Engineer, 16 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh. Edinburgh, June 1861.

Edinburgh Evening Courant, 27th June 1861