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Thom's Water Cuts, dam 750m south of Kilmory Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7939 / 55°47'37"N

Longitude: -5.1045 / 5°6'16"W

OS Eastings: 205475

OS Northings: 659982

OS Grid: NS054599

Mapcode National: GBR FFSD.DM9

Mapcode Global: WH1LS.KMHP

Entry Name: Thom's Water Cuts, dam 750m S of Kilmory Hill

Scheduled Date: 5 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7116

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: North Bute

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Isle of Bute

Traditional County: Buteshire

Description

The monument comprises a grass-covered dam and the largely dried-out remains of a reservoir, part of the Scalpsie or Barmore Cut.

The scheduled area measures 150m from north to south by 100m transversely and includes an area around in which traces of activities associated with its construction or use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it forms part of a series of aqueducts, or water-cuts, designed by the distinguished Scots engineer, Robert Thom. He died, and was buired, in Rothesay. The aqueducts and dam were constructed between 1811 and 1822 to provide a workable water-supply to Thom's cotton mills in Rothesay, and the ingenius way in which he wrung every last drop of water from off the landscape of central Bute is physically demonstrated by these remains and a lasting testimony to one of Scotland's notable engineers and inventors.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

References:

Earls, A 1945, 'Robert Thom and his work on water power for the Rothesay cotton mills', Trans Buteshire Natur Hist Soc, vol.13, 129.

Ferrier, J 1966, 'Robert Thom's water-cuts', Trans Glasgow Archaeol Soc, New, vol.15, 3, 129.

Sharp, R, 'The Cotton Industry in Bute', Trans Buteshire Natural History Society, vol.2, 12.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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