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Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 12 1/2, at Kirkton

A Scheduled Monument in East Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.2212 / 57°13'16"N

Longitude: -2.2951 / 2°17'42"W

OS Eastings: 382280

OS Northings: 814537

OS Grid: NJ822145

Mapcode National: GBR XD.RP7N

Mapcode Global: WH8P3.QR9H

Entry Name: Aberdeenshire Canal, milestone 12 1/2, at Kirkton

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8454

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Kinellar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: East Garioch

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises milestone 12 ½ of the Aberdeenshire Canal Navigation, or Aberdeen-Inverurie Canal. It consists of a granite column, some 0.50m high and 0.34m in diameter, with a rounded top on which the number '12 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 12 ½ was originally by the canal towpath but was re-erected in the garden of Kirkton.

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 relatively common 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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Historic Environment Scotland reference number CANMORE ID 221969 (accessed on 02/11/2018).

Aberdeenshire Council HER reference number NJ81SW0112 (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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