Scottish shale Scottish shale

Dumback No.2 mine

Whitburn, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
J. & D. McWilliam
pre 1942
Current status of site:
Site rehabilitated and to be used for housing
Regional overview:

A surface drift mine, in the lands of Polkemmet; after vesting day it operated under licence.

  • The 1945 List of Mines records Dumback No.2 mine, owned by J. McMillan, employing 24 underground and 4 on the surface working Household coal and Ball Coal

J & D McWilliam are also recorded as operating Dumback No.3 (location unknown) from 1968 to 1971

  • Location of mine, and boundary of the lands of Polkemmet


    ALL Parties haring CLAIMS against the late JAMES McMILLAN, Coalmaster, Dumback Mine No. 2. Whitburn, West Lothian, and who resided at 8 Murraysgate Crescent, Whitburn, are requested to lodge the same with the Subscriber, as Agent for deceased's Executor, within FOURTEEN days from this date, and All Parties INDEBTED to the deceased are requested to make payment to the Subscribers within the like period. DAVID LINNING, Solicitor, 4 Bank Street, Airdrie. 5th September, 1942.

    West Lothian Courier, 11th September 1942


    MINERS PAID OFF About 20 men employed at No. 2 Dumback Mine, Whitburn were paid to permit developing operations being carried out for a new coalfield. Alien the mine resumes these men will have priority for jobs.

    Midlothian Advertiser, 16th July 1948