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Dr Thomas Boyle Grierson

Crown shaped lead ingot

Period:
Victorian
Description:

Small lead crown, probably made from Wanlockhead and Leadhills lead.  From the collection of Dr Grierson's Thornhill Museum.

 

There is evidence of mining for lead ore or galena around Wanlockhead and Leadhills in the Lowther Hills since the Middle Ages. At that time lead was being exported to Holland and Belgium for use in the production of lead glazed pottery. This area, rich in both lead and precious metals, developed into the centre of the Scottish lead mining industry.

 

More lead mines were opened across the region from the late 18th to the mid 19th Centuries, at Woodhead near Carsphairn, East and West Blackcraig, near Newton Stewart, and Lackentyre and Kingslaggen, near Gatehouse of Fleet. The lead mines of Dumfriesshire and Galloway were the source of almost all Scottish lead production.

Materials/Media:
metal, lead
Dimensions:
width 52mm, height 52mm, depth 23mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1965.845
Digital Number:
DMMI002n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council