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Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 14 1/2 at Canal Cottage, Kintore

A Scheduled Monument in East Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.2351 / 57°14'6"N

Longitude: -2.3454 / 2°20'43"W

OS Eastings: 379247

OS Northings: 816096

OS Grid: NJ792160

Mapcode National: GBR XB.6X86

Mapcode Global: WH8P2.YD9V

Entry Name: Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 14 1/2 at Canal Cottage, Kintore

Scheduled Date: 30 March 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7677

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Kintore

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: East Garioch

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises milestone 14 ½ of the Aberdeenshire Canal Navigation, or Aberdeen-Inverurie Canal. It consists of a granite column, probably some 0.5m high and 0.3m in diameter, with a rounded top on which the number '14 1/2' 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 14 ½ was originally by the canal towpath but was incorporated within the foundation and base courses of a fragment of garden wall of a house formerly known as Canal Cottage.

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 129796 (accessed on 02/11/2018).

Aberdeenshire Council HER reference number NJ71NE0110 (accessed on 02/11/2018).

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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