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Muirhousedyke pit (1)

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Andrew Thomson
David Smith snr. or David & James Smith
pre 1850
Regional overview:
Pits - pre 1855

Early coal pit in the lands of Loganlea, one of two shafts (see other) marked on the 1855 OS map, and offered for lease in 1850

  • Location of pit, and boundaries of the lands of Loganlea


    GOING COLLIERY FOR SALE. THE COLLIERY of MUIRHOUSEDYKE, situated on the Lands of Mr. Logan, in the Parish of West Calder, County of Edinburgh, which consists of several Hundreds of Acres of first-rate Coal in Three or Four Seams, ranging in thickness from Two Feet Eight Inches, to Six Feet thick, respectively. The Bathgate and Wilsontown Railway passes within Four Hundred Yards of the Lands; the Caledonian Railway within Four Miles; and it is the nearest Coal Field to the West of Edinburgh. There are Two Steam Engines on the Work, one of them Thirty of Horse-power (new), the other about Twelve Horse-power, with the necessary erection for carrying on an extensive output. Offers to be handed to Mr. Andrew Thomson, at Muirhouse-dyke, the present Lessee, who will give every information, and show the Workings, &c.

    Glasgow Herald, 14th June 1850


    SCOTCH BANKRUPTS. SEQUESTRATIONS. David Smith, sen., sometime ironfounder in Airdrie, afterwards coalmaster at Muirhousedykes Colliery, the parish of West Calder, and county of Edinburgh, now deceased—Creditors meet in Messrs Clay & Black's Salerooms, George Street, Edinburgh, 22d August,

    Dundee, Perth, and Cupar Advertiser, 12th August 1856


    STEAM ENGINE AND COLLIERY PLANT For SALE AT MUIRHOUSEDYKES, NEAR WEST CALDER, On Friday, 14th December, 1860, at Twelve Noon. ROBERT H. WHITTEN will Sell the above, comprising Horizontal Steam Engine, 18 inch cylinder, 3½ feet strke, ,with Pumping and Winding Gearing, Double Power Crane, 850 Yards Cart Rails, 122 Pit Rails, Cast Iron Plates. Pipes, Ropes, Chains, Trucks, Hutches, Old Wood, Bricks &c. A Conveyance will leave Robertson's Hotel Bathgate, for the sale at 10.30. Inventories of the Plant, &c.. may be had from Alexander Morison SSC, 63 Great King Street; or James H. Balgarnie. C.A., 9 North Saint David Street, Edinburgh, the Trustee.

    Glasgow Herald , 12th December 1860