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Barlocco Mine

ESE of Dundrennan, Auchencairn, Airyhill, Kirkcudbrightshire.

NGR:NX 78800 47400
WGS84:54.80677, -3.88721
Length:Not recorded
Vert. Range:Not recorded
Altitude:Not recorded
Geology:Barytes, Orroland Member - Sandstone And Conglomerate, Interbedded
Tags:Mine, ManMade, Archaeo
Registry:second

Barytes Mine

Airyhill - a Small Cottage on the farm of Barlocco. There is a Barytes Mine a few perches north of it. [Scotland's Places]

Some 2800 tons of baryte were produced from Barlocco Mine, mainly from the more northerly of two approximately east-west subvertical veins. The principal vein is 0.5-2.1 m thick and occupies a fault breccia traceable for at least 300 m in altered Silurian shale. The high-quality white baryte remaining on the dumps is accompanied by calcite and traces of chalcopyrite, malachite and bornite. [earthwise]

Bill Shaw was a mining engineer in Cumbria during the 20th Century He collected minerals of exceptional quality from working mine sites in Cumbria. Bill Shaw was perhaps the last real mining entrepreneur in the Lake District. He had mining in his blood and was descended from five generations of miners. He worked first, as a boy, in his father's quarry at Hall Garth. Later, when a young man, he worked in the copper mines at Coniston, alongside the Hellens family and it was here that he learned his craft at the face. In about 1946, he took an interest in the Barlocco Baryte Mine in Dumfriesshire and then, during 1951, he started to develop the nearby Auchencairn Baryte Mine. [Davis]

Alternate Names: None recorded.

Notes: See also Windmill Mine. Agent: Thos. Hocking, Barlocco Mining Co., 7 The Crescent, Carlisle.

On the boundary between Orroland Member - Sandstone And Conglomerate, Interbedded and Ross Formation - Wacke.

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