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Tornamoine, depopulated settlement north west of Camas nan Geall

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.6877 / 56°41'15"N

Longitude: -5.992 / 5°59'31"W

OS Eastings: 155638

OS Northings: 762227

OS Grid: NM556622

Mapcode National: GBR CCL1.G5P

Mapcode Global: WGZCT.X5VG

Entry Name: Tornamoine, depopulated settlement NW of Camas nan Geall

Scheduled Date: 28 April 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7789

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Ardnamurchan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a depopulated settlement of post-medieval date. The monument lies in an area of rough grassland at around 60m OD. It consists of the remains of at least 17 buildings and associated structures and enclosures.

A variety of different types of buildings are represented, as well as a series of later sheep fanks. The site was known as Tornamoine, from the nearby hill (the hill of the moss, or bog). Tornamoine was cleared in 1828 by Sir James Milles Riddell, although a shepherd lived here until the 1860s.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular on plan and measures a maximum of 330m E-W by 240m N-S as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of post-medieval settlement and economy and the process of the Clearances in Ardnamurchan. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date, such as the cleared settlement of Bourblaige which is already scheduled.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 56 SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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