Scottish shale Scottish shale

Tottleywells No.1 mine

Abercorn, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
City of Edinburgh
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale, Pumpherston Shale
Current status of site:
Mine site restored and returned to agriculture
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Niddry Castle Crude Oil Works

Linked to Niddry Castle Crude Oil Works by a 2'6" gauge electric tramway.

Shale-field: Duddingston shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1955 showing the mine in operation

  • Location & workings at Tottleywells No.1 mine
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  • Drawings

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  • Newspaper references
    • The proving of the Broxburn shale is being continued, and the bore is at present in the marls just above the seams (June 1924).

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

  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 15103, showing workings in the Broxburn, Main, Pumpherston and Plain Shales from Tottlywells No. 1, abandoned in 1960.

  • Related file records