Scottish shale Scottish shale

Cappers No.2 pit

Alternative names:
Cappers No.1 pit
Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
pre 1855
pre 1883
Regional overview:
Pits - pre 1855

An early ironstone pit in the lands of Polkemmet, to the Boghead Gas Coal at 32 fathoms. Total depth 141 ft. Cappers No.2 appears to have been erroneously labelled as Cappers No.1 (and vica versa) on Ordnance Survey maps.

This pit is situated a short distance S.W. of "Snab" and N.W. of Cappers Plantation - It is 24 fathoms in depth and worked by an engine 15 horse power, The seam including Parrot & Rough Coal & Ironstone is from 2 feet 10 inches to 3 feet 6 inches in thickness - It is worked by the Shotts Iron Company

OS Name Book

  • Location map and boundary of the Polkemmet lands.


    The Weather Clerk celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Tay Bridge last Thursday night or Friday morning by blowing down the bridge that spans the space from the hillside to the railway siding at No. 2 Pit, Cappers. The bridge was used to convey hutches from the pithead to the railway, and was built of wood. The damage will be repaired in time for the works opening.

    Linlithgowshire Gazette, 6th January 1905