Dumfries and Galloway

A small settlement on the Meggat Water in Dumfries and Galloway, Jamestown lies 4½ miles (7 km) north of Bentpath. Named after the land-owner Sir James Johnstone of Westerhall (1726-94), a settlement was established here by the Westerhall Mining Company in the 1790s for miners working at the short-lived Louisa mine, which extracted the element antimony that had been discovered nearby. Both an ore processing plant and a row of miners cottages are now gone, leaving only a solitary house. The remnants of the mine and its spoils heaps are to be found at the foot of Alkin Hill to the east.

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