Scottish shale Scottish shale

Deans No.7 mine

Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Fells Shale
Abandoned 1931
Current status of site:
Waste ground. No trace remains of surface features
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Deans Crude Oil Works

Worked in association with Deans No. 6 Mine.

Shale-field: Deans shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1916, showing the mine in operation.

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    • A number of tests have been made on the Broxburn shale in the old No.6 mine which had recently been re-entered from No.7 mine, but the results so far have not been encouraging. On account of the thin seam, the cost of working is high but further trials will be made (March 1923). Some improvements have been made to pumping arrangements at No.7 mine Deans, for which a spare pump is being got from one of the Broxburn mines (November 1923). Another fault has been encountered beyond one which had previously taken place and which is now being timbered and cleared (May 1924). Two places in the Fells Seam have reached the big fault on the North, and we are preparing to commence stooping in this portion (April 1925).

      From Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board. (BP Archive No. 215662)

  • External references
      • 18th February 1922 | Joseph Wallace | Fall of Shale | Killed | Fatal Accident Inquiry | Newspaper Report | Other Records
      • 29th January 1927 | Alexander Scoular or Scouller | Fall of Shale | Killed | Fatal Accident Inquiry | Newspaper Report | Other Records
      • 17th September 1929 | Alexander Hunter | Natural Causes | Died | Fatal Accident Inquiry | Newspaper Report | Other Records