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A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.6759 / 56°40'33"N

Longitude: -5.6273 / 5°37'38"W

OS Eastings: 177887

OS Northings: 759679

OS Grid: NM778596

Mapcode National: GBR DCH2.76K

Mapcode Global: WH0F4.JGKH

Entry Name: Liddesdale,storehouse

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5420

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: mines, quarries

Location: Morvern

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of the roofless shell of a storehouse built in 1730 as a shipment point for the produce of the lead mines at Lurga, Gleann Dubh.

The building is rectangular in plan, 20m by 7m externally. It is of random rubble masonry with timber lintels. There were originally 3 entrances; one (now blocked) in the SW gable wall and two, opposed, in the centre of the long walls. The entrance on the NW gives access to the shore and the ruins of a quay. The gable walls rise to a steep pitch and terminate in chimney stacks. The interior of the building had two main floors and a garret. The ground floor was used for storage, as was the N part of the first floor. The S part of the first floor provided office accommodation or residential quarters, as did the garret, which was lit by windows in the gable walls.

The remains of a quay, built of large boulders, lies beside Loch Sunart, 4.8m from the NW long wall of the storehouse.

The area to be scheduled is quadrilateral. Its SE side is formed by the outer face of the wall of the storehouse, its NE and SW sides by the outer face of the gable walls and a line projected from these to the loch shore, and its NW side by the low water mark of the loch shoreline. The area, which has maximum dimensions 20m SW-NE by 25m NW-SE, is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a rural industrial building of the early 18th century, indicating the quality of workmanship involved in a small industrial concern at that time, and also as a member of a group of sites, the other part of which, the lead mines at Lurga, is also proposed for scheduling. Together, these monuments form a small complex which is typical of the many minor metal ore mines scattered throughout Highland Scotland during the early years of the Industrial Revolution.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM75NE 1.1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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