Scottish shale Scottish shale

Bridgecastle (lands)

Torphichen, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian

Coal was worked in these lands during the 1830's and 40's; and also c.1900-20. See


TO BE SOLD, By private bargain, reduced price,

THE LANDS of BRIDGECASTLE and WOODBANK, in the County of Linlithgow, with the Mansion-house, Offices, Garden, and lawn. This beautiful property contains nearly acres of excellent land, all substantially inclosed and subdivided with hedge rows and trees nearly years old. It abounds with rich seams of coal and iron ore—the latter is, some of it, equal to 50 per cent., and these minerals, with the farm produce, will find an immediate and very increased lucrative market, the moment the Glasgow and Edinburgh Railway finished, as it passes directly through the lands. The whole will be out of lease at Martinmas 1834 ; but, as the property is peculiarly well adapted for a gentleman who may wish to reside on it, and to farm, entry can be given to it at Martinmas first, the present tenant being bound to give up the short period of his lease still to run, whenever the proprietor desires. The mansion-house is an elegant old baronial residence, in complete repair, and handsomely fitted up, containing one of the best dining-rooms in the county, drawing-room, six bed-rooms, with dressing closets, kitchen, servants’ rooms, spacious lobby and stair-case, Ac., with suitable offices, and is surrounded with fine timber of very great age. It and the furniture on valuation, if desired, can be put in possession of purchaser immediately, and a great part of the price may remain in his hands. Apply Mr Watson, W. 3., 19, Melville Street, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Evening Courant, 14th June 1832



To be SOLD by private bargain, as a considerably Reduced Price

THE ESTATE of BRIDGECASTLE and woodbank, lying in the parish of Torphichen and county of Linlithgow, containing about 200 acres of excellent arable land, all regularly inclosed, and with suitable farm steadings; together with the Mansion-House, Offices, Garden, Lawn, and Woods, and valuable Coal and Ironstone now working with steam machinery, and with ample accommodation for tenants, & c., all are fully described in former advertisements. Part of the price may remain in the hands of the purchaser on the security of the property, and immediate possession of the whole can be given. Apply to Mr. Watson, W.S. 19 Melville Street, Edinburgh.

The Scotsman, 11th June 1834



To be SOLD by Public Roup within the Royal Exchange Coffeehouse, Edinburgh on Wednesday . the 22 d December next, at Two o'clock afternoon,

THE ESTATE of BRIDGE-CASTLE and WOOD-BANK, lying in the parish of Torphichen, distant about five miles from Linlithgow and four from Bathgate, consisting of about 195 acres imperial measure. The Lands are all enclosed and sub-divided, were tile-drained by the late proprietor, and are embellished by clumps and stripes of thriving Plantations. The Castle, or Mansion-house, on the estate is in complete, repair and capable of affording a comfortable residence to a genteel family. The offices attached to the Castle consist of Coachhouse, Stable, Byre , Gardener' s House, and Dovecot; and are all in good repair. The Garden is extensive, and well stocked with fruit trees and bushes in full bearing . There is a Farm-house and Steading on Woodbank, which was formerly let as a farm . The Coal , Iron-Stone, and Sand-Stone in the Lands are very valuable, and the Coal was formerly wrought. The Lands held of the Crown, with the exception of two small pendicles; and the teinds are valued and exhausted. The value of the property is much enhanced by its pleasant situation, and Baronial residence (anciently of the Earls of Linlithgow), the fine old trees on the ground, and the excellent trouting stream , which forms the south and east boundaries. There is easy access to the property in, all directions by railways and otherwise. For further particulars application may be made to Thomas Somerville, Esq. of Greenfield, No. 23 Ann Street, St Bernard's , Edinburgh; or Gibson-Craigs, Dalziel, and Brodie, W. S., who are in possession of the title-deeds. Edinburgh, Nov. 6 , 1847

The Scotsman, 13th November 1847