Scottish shale Scottish shale

Dunnet's mine, East Hermand

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Matthew Dunnet
Seams worked:
Dunnet Shale
Current status of site:
Suspected site subsequently quarried and now wasteland and wood


Inclined adit

Serving East Hermand Crude Oil Works

Early shale workings serving Matthew Dunnet's East Hermand Crude Oil Works. The seam worked there became universally known as Dunnet shale. Following failure of the oil works, sandstone was quarried providing a good quality building stone used in many of Edinburgh's prestigious buildings, and clay was quarried for brick production.

Geological Survey sketch plan LSP 461 (see Drawings, below) suggests an unusual arrangement in which the mineral railway reversed via a headshunt then entered the mine (the red line on the plan). This route was subsequently realigned to serve the quarry.

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