Alkin Hill

A summit on the eastern side of Megdale in NE Dumfries and Galloway, Alkin Hill rises to 359m (1177 feet) a half-mile (0.8 km) south southeast of Jamestown and 4 miles (6.5 km) north of Bentpath. Next to the Glenshanna Burn on its northeastern slopes are the remains of a shaft and spoils heaps that formed the Louisa Mine which produced antimony for a few years following its opening by Sir James Johnstone of Westerhall in 1793 and named after his wife. The antimony is associated with arsenopyrite-pyrite mineralisation in Silurian greywacke rocks. These workings gave rise to one of the most extensive studies of antimony mining and processing in Britain.

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