Scottish shale Scottish shale

Roman Camp No.6 mine

Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Camps Shale
Current status of site:
Site derelict, some buildings remain in use or in a derelict condition
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Roman Camp Oil Works

One of a number of new mines developed prior to World War Two; No. 6 Mine exploited Camps Shale in the Learielaw basin. The mine was constructed on the site of Roman Camp No. 2 North Mine and Roman Camp (Cawburn) Mine.

Shale-field: Pumpherston shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1896, showing Cawburn Shale Mine, seemingly in operation.

  • Location & workings at Roman Camp No.6 mine
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  • Newspaper references

      Development by Scottish Oils Ltd. Scottish Oils (Ltd.), have decided to start the sinking at once of two shale mines at Drumshoreland, Broxburn, east of their Roman Camp Crude Works. But, as in tho case of the new mines being opened by the company at West Calder and in the Winchburgh district, the Broxburn project will not on its fulfillment result in the employment of more shale miners, but will ensure continued work for the men now employed at Newliston and No 3. Roman Camp mines, in each of which the shale is worked out.

      Evening Telegraph, 30th December 1935

  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 15098, showing workings in the Camps Shale, abandoned in 1956.

  • Additional resources
      • Oral history transcript: Mr Harry Boylan
      • Oral history transcript: Mr Archibald Fairley
      • Oral history transcript: Mr John McCotter
      • Oral history transcript: Mr Alex McKee
      • Oral history transcript: Mr D. McLeod
      • Oral history transcript: Mr James Paterson
      • Oral history transcript: Mr A. Taylor