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Hopetoun No.5 pit

Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire and Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
Opened 1883, closed 1891
Re-opened 1935, abandoned 1946
Current status of site:
Private residence constructed on mine site
Regional overview:


Vertical shaft?

Serving Hopetoun Oil Works

Short-lived workings in the Broxburn Shale, subsequently re-opened in advance of World War Two.

Shale-field: Broxburn district.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1897, showing pit disused but with surface buildings apparently intact.

  • Location & workings at Hopetoun No.5 pit
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  • Newspaper references

      James Fairlie (56), East Burnside, Broxburn, was killed when he fell down the shaft at No 5 shalepit, Threemiletown Linlithgow. While in the pit he collapsed and slipped through the guard of the cage.

      The Dundee Evening Telegraph, 7th January 1947

  • External references
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 2766, showing workings in Broxburn Shales, from Hopetoun No. 5 (Glendevon) abandoned in 1891.
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 14131, showing workings in Broxburn Main, Upper and Grey Shales, from Hopetoun No. 5 abandoned in 1946.