Scottish shale Scottish shale

Tarbrax No.2 pit

Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Local authority:
South Lanarkshire
Seams worked:
Fells Shale
Opened 1881, linked to No.1 in 1891
Current status of site:
Site of mine within wasteground and ruins of the oil works
Regional overview:


Vertical shaft 26 fathoms deep

Serving Tarbrax Oil Works

Sunk in 1881 to exploit the Fells Shale, linked underground to Tarbrax No. 1 in 1891; thereafter all shale appears to have been wound up No. 2 pit. Closed in 1903 following failure of the Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd.

Shale-field: Cobbinshaw shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1898. In use by the Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd, showing shaft (and winding engine house?)

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 4424, showing workings in the Fells Shale from Tarbrax No. 1 and 2, abandoned in 1903.