MHG252 - Lead Mine, Lurga


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  • LEAD MINE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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(Cited as old lead mines, Gleann Dubh). Worked by Sir Alexander Murray of Stnhope c. 1733-43 and again in the early 19th century. The remains of open-cast works with ruined drystone buildings, at least one of which (at NM 735 553) was used for processing.
J R Hume 1977.

Remains of opencast workings and associated spoil heaps can be seen on both banks of a small burn 0.5km W of Lurga.
The mine was opened shortly before 1733 and production ran for about 10 years. In 1749 it was reported that the workings were flooded and that the smithy, storehouse and cabins had been demolished. Work resumed in 1803, but the scale of production was small and activity seems to have ceased by the middle of the century.
RCAHMS 1980, visited July 1972.

The monument consists of the remains of lead mines, opened around
1730, derelict by 1749, re-opened around 1803 and finally abandoned
by 1850.

Lurga, lead mines, Gleann Dubh. The remains take the form of open cast workings, with associated dumps of spoil, on both banks of a stream which enters Gleann Dubh from the W at Lurga, together with the remains of buildings dating from the second period of use. There are several ruined buildings at Lurga, all originally of drystone construction although one has been patched with mortar. At least one of the buildings is non-
residential, for a water-course has been constructed from the stream above and runs diagonally through the building, just below floor
level. This may represent a stamping or crushing mill. A pack-horse track, leading from Lurga towards Liddesdale on Loch Sunart, can be traced at several points on the slopes above Gleann Dubh.
Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 20 February 1998.

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Grid reference Centred NM 7320 5540 (40m by 40m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM75NW
Civil Parish MORVERN
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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