Limestone – of a quality well adapted for building, and for agricultural purposes, was wrought in the southern part of the parish extensively especially during the 1800’s.
Limestone (and Ironstone) was mined in Auchentibber from the early 1700’s to the early 1900’s. Messrs Colin Dunlop and Company were one of the most predominant companies responsible for extracting huge quantities of limestone in the local area for the use of mortar and cements during this era.
It was in this area that the young David Livingstone, as a boy would search for fossils in the limestone refuse tips and along the banks of the Rover Calder. Later, he would tell of his delight when he found shells in the carboniferous limestone, long before geology became a popular pastime.
Limestone was also wroght at the Lady Nancy Pit directly across from Crossbasket on the uppers, southern slopes.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016
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Anthony Smith I well remember limestone.One of my jobs at Clydebridge Steelworks,during the 1960,s,was emptying the limestone railway wagons.10 tons,I think,by hand shovel during an 8 hour shift.I was young.