NH2838 : Tom a' Mhein summit, with lone Scot's Pine

taken 4 years ago, near to Ardchuilk, Highland, Great Britain

Tom a' Mhein summit, with lone Scot's Pine
Tom a' Mhein summit, with lone Scot's Pine
Tom a' Mhein (small hillock of the mine) is the name of this little rocky eminence in Glen Strathfarrar, so called because at its base there is an old graphite mine, the 'lead mine' of the OS map. Blackwoods Magazine for October 1817 reported that graphite from this mine "is formed into pencils, used for diminishing friction and for giving a lustre to the numerous substances formed of cast iron. This mine is situated on the Lovat estate in a schistose rock close to the [River] Farrar and crops out to an extent of not less than 50 feet in five different seams and some of them from 12 to 18 inches in thickness." At the time it was one of only three graphite mines in Britain, the others were at Cummnock in Ayrshire and in Borrowdale in Cumberland.
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Date Taken
Monday, 30 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Quarrying, Mining  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 286 385 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:24.2691N 4:51.2746W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 2855 3867
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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