Hood Family and Coal Mining


Claybarns, Midlothian

Claybarns was a small village or hamlet of houses inhabited mainly by colliers. It appears on Roy’s Map of Scotland compiled between 1747-1755 but had totally vanished by the late 19th century.

In 1808 when the nearby Sheriffhall colliery was leased by Hope of Craighall, a condition of the lease was that Hope could not build any more houses for the colliers except at Claybarns so this probably helped it grow quite large. In 1846 the village had 186 inhabitants, but by the late 1840's work at Sheriffhall Colliery had finished and it went into decline from that point.


1747-55 Roy's Map of Scotland
Claybarns on 1750s map of Scotland
Claybarns is shown in the earliest detailed map of Scotland, alongside the road leading to Sheriffhall Mains and Dalkeith.
1812 - Map of Edinburghshire
Claybarns on 1812 map
James Knox's map shows Claybarns shortly before it grew to accomodate more colliers as Sheriffhall Colliery expanded..

1824 coalmining plan
Claybarns on coalmining plan of 1824
This plan shows Claybarns as a large U-shaped row of houses.
1856 - Ordnance Survey
Claybarns on 1856 OS map
Only part of Claybarns still existed by the time of the first Ordnance Survey Map.


The site of Claybarns today

Photo of site of Claybarns

The photo is taken from the position of the most northerly part of Claybarns looking south. No trace remains of Claybarns itself except for the track or path to the right which used to run in front of the houses.
It's position is shown below on a modern OS plan.

Site of Claybarns on current OS map

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.
Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey

© 2012   A Russell