Not a Plack the Richer

Argyll's Mining Story

By Marian Pallister

Format: Paperback

A fascinating exploration of a unique and little-known aspect of Argyll's past.

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Argyll is well known for its magnificent scenery, breathtaking coastline and picturesque villages. But hidden among its beautiful hills and glens

and on its islands is evidence of an extraordinary industrial past. Minerals have been mined in Argyll for millennia, and from the 1700s lead,

copper, zinc, silver, nickel and gold were sought by landowners as a way to exploit their estates, as well as by entrepreneurs and prospectors

wanting to make a quick buck or, preferably, a considerable fortune. Mining spurred the development of the county's infrastructure, bringing

bursts of prosperity to remote communities and a ‘frontier spirit' redolent of the American West.

In this book, Marian Pallister tells the story of Argyll's mining past. Her research into official records, letters and other documentary material is

set beside the personal experience of those involved at all levels in the industry itself and the local communities whose lives it changed forever.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 5 Jul 2018
ISBN 9781780275048
Number of Pages 240

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