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Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 15 at Bridgend House, Kintore

A Scheduled Monument in East Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.2413 / 57°14'28"N

Longitude: -2.3508 / 2°21'3"W

OS Eastings: 378923

OS Northings: 816783

OS Grid: NJ789167

Mapcode National: GBR XB.6GDF

Mapcode Global: WH8P2.V8Q3

Entry Name: Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 15 at Bridgend House, Kintore

Scheduled Date: 16 April 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7676

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Kintore

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: East Garioch

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises milestone 15 of the Aberdeenshire Canal Navigation, or Aberdeen-Inverurie Canal. It consists of a granite column, some 0.5m high and 0.3m in diameter, with a rounded top on which the number '15' is inscribed in a round sloping panel.

This canal ran from Port Elphinstone to Aberdeen harbour, following a course 18.25 miles (29km) in length above the right-hand bank of the River Don. An Act of Parliament sanctioned its construction in 1796 and the canal opened in 1805. It operated until 1854, when it was replaced by the Aberdeen to Inverness line of the Great North of Scotland Railway, which was built along roughly the same alignment, obliterating much of its course.

Milestone 15 was originally by the canal towpath but was re-erected in the garden of Bridgend House.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is not of national importance as it is a very simple example of a milestone which was a typical feature on roads and canals and are still fairly commonly found today. The milestone will not support any related buried archaeology as it has been moved from its original location. The milestone has lost its contextual meaning as it no longer stands by the canal it once marked. The removal of the milestone from its original, intended location also detracts from the potential value it can add to our understanding of the Aberdeenshire canal system.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Historic Environment Scotland reference number CANMORE ID 131418 (accessed on 05/11/2018).

Aberdeenshire Council HER reference number NJ71NE0112 (accessed on 05/11/2018).

Graham, A. (1967-8) 'Two Canals in Aberdeenshire', Proceedings of Society of Antiquities of Scotland, Vol. 100, 170-78.


HER/SMR Reference

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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