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Knockiebae Lead Mines

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9606 / 54°57'38"N

Longitude: -4.8301 / 4°49'48"W

OS Eastings: 218901

OS Northings: 566555

OS Grid: NX189665

Mapcode National: GBR 41.YQ3F

Mapcode Global: WH2S3.SK4Y

Entry Name: Knockiebae Lead Mines

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4855

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: mines, quarries

Location: New Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument is a lead mine of the 18th and 19th centuries straddling the march dyke between Knockiebae and Barnshangan. It consists of a number of adits, mine shafts, spoil tips and buildings. On the Knockiebae side of the dyke is the only standing building, consisting of two compartments and with walls up to 2m high. About 18m to the SE is a second building with low turf-covered walls. Other similar buildigs survive along a low terrace c 90m to the S of the main building. Also on Knockibae are mine shafts and adits.

On the Barnshangan side are large adits and spoil tips and, beside the Mines Burn, a large mound with a deep central depression, possibly a smelter. The area to be scheduled includes the buildings,the shafts and adits, the smelter, and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use may be found. It measures a maximum of 290m NNE-SSW by a maximum of 200m transversely, excluding the march dyke, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a lead mine of the 18th and 19th centuries which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of mining practices during the Industrial Revolution in SW Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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