Asbestos on Harris

In perusing Bald’s 1804 map of Harris I noticed in the vicinity of Borve/Little Borve an ‘Abislos Quarry’ and a later addition, nearer to Mid Borve, of the word ‘asbestos’ and an ‘X’.

I have been unable to discover anything other than an unsourced reference to ‘small deposits of asbestos on Scarp’ but wondered whether Asbestos was once a product of the island of Harris?

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  1. I contacted the National library of Scotland, who have no records that answer this query, so have now passed it on to Stornoway Library to see if there are any references in their Local Studies collection.

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