Old Photograph Ecclesmachan Scotland

Old photograph of Ecclesmachan village near Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland. The name means of the village means, church of Saint Machan, and is its form is thought to show that a church was present in the area in Sub-Roman times. However, it is not clear whether the name was coined in Gaelic or in the earlier Celtic language Cumbric. At least six quarries encircled the village at one time, producing stone of exceptional quality and particularly suited to carving. It has a high bitumen content, further attracting dirt, making it well suited to Gothic structures where a darkening of the material is appropriate. Its most noteworthy use is on the Scott Monument on Princes Street in Edinburgh.

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