The mountain {illeg}two miles beyond the frith, is barren with a very few starved trees upon it. Sr Iohn Erskins house is on the hither side of ye Mountain, Mr Haddons on the further or north side thereof. The silver mine is on the south side of hte Mountain by a gutter wch has been made {illeg}|i|n the side of the mountain by floods of water running down from ye side of the mountain & wa{illeg}|h|ing away the earth in long intervalls of t{illeg}|i|me. It is on the west side of this chann{illeg}ell \neare the bottom of the mountain/ & on the west side of Sr Ioh{illeg}|n|'s house, about five miles from s|S|tirling & twelve from Perth, on the east side of the way between them & about two miles from All{illeg}|w|ay a seapor{illeg}|t| t{illeg}|ow|n & in the Parish of Allva.

The Mine is just opened, within about two fathom or 212 from the grass \wch grows/ on ye surface of ye earth. In it are two veins of ore \running horizontally/ the one about almost th{illeg}|r|ee foot above the other, the upper {illeg}|v|ein about 22 inches {illeg}|b|road from top to bottom & about 18 inches wide, the other about 14 inches broad or deep & about the same wideness with the former. The colour of the Oar {illeg}|a| darkish brown, but neare the edges of the vein of a whiter colour like spar with a darker colour of metallick ore in{illeg}|t|ermixed. The dark coloured Ore in the middle of the vein is usually richer.

From these two veins Sr Iohn Erskin had the Ore out of wch he received 134 Ounces of fine silver before he went into the rebellion. Mr Hamilton smelted that Ore but did not then Oversee the mine, but see {illeg}|th||e| \ore/ raised out of the Mine from the said two veins. And after Sr Iohn went to the Rebells Mr Hamilton \by order of the Lady Erskin/ had the oversight & direction of four miners who dug the Ore from those two veins about four months together or something ab{ove}, {&} {put} {them} up in old Ca{illeg}|s|ks (Hogsheads & Barrells {illeg}{)} to the quantity of about 40 Tunns {illeg}|of| Ore more or less & hid the Casks on the north west side \{illeg}|of| the house/ just by the Gate of the house And then Mr Hamilton came away to London & about a fortnight after went to my Lord Mayor & made an affidavit of what he knew about this matter.

About half a mile or three furlongs west from this Burn {of} or flood-gutter there is some scattered scattered sparr brought down by the watter wch spar is a {illeg}|s|i{illeg}|g|ne of minerals in that gutter & the mineralls may prove either Copper or Silver Ore or both together. But Mr Hamilton doth not yet know what it will prove.


And about two miles from this silver mine westward there is a C{illeg}|op|per mine wch holds a good quantity of silve{illeg}|r|. Two or three pounds of Copper\{illeg}|Or|e/ hold a pound of silver Copper, & a pound Averdupois of Copper holds abo{illeg}|u|t 24 penny weight of fine Silver more or less.

Taken from Mr Hamilton 22th {illeg}|A|ugust 1716.

|When the silver Mine was first discovered the veine was small & by dig{illeg}|g|ing into the mountain is grown bigger & bigger.|

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