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Mining & Quarrying

Quarrying

The Muir Quarry, near Dalbeattie. Most acid member of the Criffel Granite

Period:
20th Century
Description:

This photograph shows a group examining rocks at Muir Quarry.

 

Taken from "A Photographic Record of a Holiday in Dumfriesshire & Kirkcudbrightshire (with one or two views outside) August 1937".  This photograph album was compiled by H D Hewitt, 9th January 1938. The group of people pictured are of a learned society, probably a geology group - who spent their time on field excursions to local places of geological significance.

 

Granite was quarried at Dalbeattie and Creetown. In Victorian times the granite from these quarries was of such high quality that it was in demand both for buildings and monuments. Galloway granite was also used for kerbstones and setts or cobble stones throughout Britain. These granite setts were exported widely - as far afield as Argentina and Russia.

Place of Production:
The Muir Quarry, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
height 82mm, width 105mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1982.50.84
Digital Number:
DMPG036n
Creation Date:
7th August 1937
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council