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Killean,deserted township 700m WNW of Carn Ban,Mull

A Scheduled Monument in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.3987 / 56°23'55"N

Longitude: -5.7049 / 5°42'17"W

OS Eastings: 171471

OS Northings: 729098

OS Grid: NM714290

Mapcode National: GBR DC9T.1N1

Mapcode Global: WH0GG.BFMJ

Entry Name: Killean,deserted township 700m WNW of Carn Ban,Mull

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5783

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and townships

Location: Torosay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises the remains of the deserted pre-crofting township of Killean, which is situated around a hollow to the W of Carn Ban.

The settlement consists of well preserved round-cornered stone buildings, their associated agricultural buildings and yards. Several of the buildings survive almost to gable height, but many are no more than turf-covered stone footings. In 1800 a visitor noted the village as consisting of 20-30 "miserable huts". The settlement is set amongst lazy beds and extensive fields of rig and furrow. An old track which connects the various settlements along the peninsula is lined on both sides by stone dykes where it cuts through the in-field to the N. The date of the earliest settlement at the township is unknown.

The area to be scheduled measures 490m from NW to SE by 560m transversely to include the township and part of its in-field and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it represents the well preserved remains of a pre-crofting settlement and associated field system which has the potential to provide information about post-medieval, if not earlier, rural economy and society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM72NW 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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