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Boghall No.4 pit

Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Fells Shale
Certainly by 1896
Current status of site:
Rough ground with ash and rubble within agricultural land


A vertical shaft

Serving Boghall (Starlaw) Shale Oil Works (probably)

This shaft is marked "to Fells Shale" on various mining plans, but is not otherwise identified. This might have been Boghall No. 4 Pit which the mine abandonment register records as working the Fells Shale, and being abandoned in 1871.

See "Mines in the Boghall area" for further background.

Shale-field: Cousland and Seafield shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1897, showing site of unidentified pit (Boghall No. 4?) to Raeburn Shale.

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 650, showing workings in the Fells Shale from Boghall No. 4, abandoned in 1871.