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Raw Camps


West Lothian

Once a thriving community around limestone quarries, which was situated 1 mile (1.5 km) east of East Calder, in West Lothian, and 8 miles (12 km) south of Edinburgh, adjacent to the village of Camps, there is now little left of Raw Camps as a settlement. However, there is still evidence of the industry which was once a household word in Scotland, said to be the largest limestone quarry in the country. Originally owned by the Earl of Morton, there may have been quarries here as early as 1760, but they were at their peak in the 1880s, when they were owned by the Coltness Iron Company. In the early days, lime was transported on the Union Canal from the nearby Linn's Mill, but later the North British Railway was used. The lime mortar produced by the Raw Camps quarries went to build Edinburgh's New Town.


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