Scottish shale Scottish shale

Barbauchlaw No.14 pit

Alternative names:
Armadale No.14 pit
Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
pre 1872
pre 1895
Current status of site:
Football pitch and green space

A pit in the lands of Barbauchlaw, usually known as Armadale No.14 pit, to the Armadale Ball coal at 30 fathoms, Armadale Main coal at 35 fathoms, Armadale SlateyBand Ironstone at 50 fathoms.

  • Location map and boundary of the Ballencreiff lands.


    ARMADALE - Accident.

    On Saturday last an accident occurred No. 14 coal and ironstone pit, Barbauchlaw. While one William Naismith, miner, was working the face in his compartment in the pit about ten o'clock in the morning, a large quantity of coal and stones fell from the face and roof on to his back, bruising him on the back and cutting him on the right knee. Peter Naismith, his son, was taking away the rubbish from beside his father at the time the accident occurred. He pulled his father out from under the mass and got him conveyed to the pit bottom. The poor man was taken home on a cart, and Drs Kirk, Bathgate, and Clark, Whitburn, were soon in attendance. Naismith is not considered dangerously hurt.

    Falkirk Herald, 12th September 1872