Lead Mines, Woodhead, Kirkcudbrightshire

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.
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