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Straiton No.8 mine

Former parish and county:
Parish of Liberton, Edinburghshire
Local authority:
City of Edinburgh
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale, Dunnet Shale
Current status of site:
Retail park
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Pentland Paraffin Oil Works

An unidentified adit, close to Straiton Oil Works and Refinery, coinciding with workings in the Broxburn Shale marked on a mining plan. Perhaps No. 8 Mine.?

See Pentland No. 1 & No. 2 Mines for an overview of shale mining in the Straiton area.

Shale-field: Burdiehouse and Straiton shale-fields.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1894, showing adit heading south eastwards into the ground.

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      In the Edinburgh Sheriff Summary Court to-day, Richard Johnstone was fined 10s, with the option of five days' imprisonment, for assaulting an engineman named Beck at No. 8 shale mine, Straiton, by hitting him with a shovel to the effusion of blood.

      Edinburgh Evening News, 27th February 1897

  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 5913, showing workings in the Dunnet, Broxburn and Fells Shales from Straiton No. 3, 4, 7, 8; Mortonhall No. 9, 10, Pentland No. 1 , 2 and Oakbank, abandoned in 1900.