Scottish shale Scottish shale

Roman Camp No.5 mine

Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Camps Shale
Current status of site:
Waste ground with mine bing surviving
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Roman Camp Oil Works

A mine exploiting reserves of Camps Shale to the north west of the mine entrance. The larger part of the Camps Shale in this area was exploited from Pumpherston No. 4 Mine.

Shale-field: Pumpherston shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1955 showing waste bing from No. 5 Mine

  • Location & workings at Roman Camp No.5 mine
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  • Newspaper references
    • At No.5 mine several places on the north side, which are approaching the whin dyke referred to in the last report, are in a very poor condition and a number of them are being stopped (May 1924). We are experiencing difficulties in the neighbourhood of the whin dyke (June 1924). The inclination of the seam changed from 35 to vertical, but the dook was carried on at a gradient of 35 and the shale found rising at an angle of 30, showing that a very deep trough had been crossed (June 1925). We are expected to reach the flat ground by this time, but the seam is still lying steeply with no sign of a change (January 1925).

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

  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 11160, showing workings in the Camps Shale, abandoned in 1934.