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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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Though well known for its magnificent scenery and breathtaking coastline Argyll also boasts an extraordinary industrial past. Here Marian Pallister recounts the story of Argyll's mining past. Her research into official documents letters and other recorded material is set against the personal experience of those involved at all levels in the industry itself and the local communities whose lives were changed.
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'Those interested either in the history of mining or the social and economic development of Argyll should read this book. Indeed I would go further and say that it merits an even wider readership. It is a good example of not only how to research a local study but also how to present it to a wider readership' * Scottish Local History *

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  • PublisherBirlinn Ltd
  • Publication date2018
  • ISBN 10 1780275048
  • ISBN 13 9781780275048
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages240
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