The allure of gold, stemming from its durability, resistance to tarnish and above all rarity (average crustal abundance < 4 ppb) has existed for at least 5500 years and judging by the current price level continues to this day. This being the case it is surprising that few people are aware of the Scottish Gold Rush that occurred in Sutherland in 1869. The authors suggest that this could relate in part to the remoteness of the location from the tourist trail. However, the main reasons why the event is not widely known outwith geological and prospecting circles are probably that...

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