Scottish shale Scottish shale

Handaxwood (lands)

Parish:
West Calder, Midlothian, Whitburn, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian

These lands lay outside the Lothian shalefield, and within the central coalfield area. The lands contained a large ironstone pits, and very substantial limestone workings. Sandstone continues to be quarried at Levenseat. The Levenseat shale, which was worked in association with limestone, was used for production of oil at the Levenseat oil works. The 1870's estate plan is annotation- owned by Hare Esq. - Minerals let to William Dixon and Geo. Gray