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ID:MHG10896
Type of record:Monument
Name:Golspie Mills
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Grid Reference:NC 8410 0063
Map Sheet:NC80SW
Civil Parish:GOLSPIE
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND

Monument Types

  • WATERMILL (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (B) 7042: Golspie Mill

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG10896
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 6584
  • NMRS Record Details: NC80SW31 GOLSPIE, GOLSPIE MILLS
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NC80SW0029

Full description

NC80SW 31 8411 0061
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The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900, pp. 207, 210-213) - Sinclair B Calder, 1974

J Aitken : 19/2/2004
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(Location cited as NC 841 007). Golspie Mill, probably built in the early 1820s. A fine 3-storey, 5-bay, sandstone-rubble building with a large kiln projection at the rear. The wood and iron and spoked overshot wheel, by James Abernethy, Aberdeen, is 12ft 8in diameter by 5ft 8in wide (3.86 by 1.72m) and drove 4 pairs of stones and a pot-barley mill. The largest mill in Sutherland, it closed in 1935.
J R Hume 1977 <1>

See Architecture and NMRS, MS/500/35/47.

Golspie/Lairg Local Plan, July 1983: P48/101.
J Aitken : 11/06/01.

Research on the mills was carried out by Beryl Nicol, a participant in a Community Timelines course, run by ARCH in 2010. Papers from the mill are now in Golspie Heritage Society archives. There were two mills at the site. The first was built in 1816 by the Countess of Sutherland to grind grain and wheat grown in the area. In 1863 another mill was built to grind oats and bere. This later mill was fully restored in 1992 and still operates today. The first mill was closed in 1922. <2>


Sinclair B Calder, 1974, The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900) (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG364.


<1> Hume, J R, 1977, The industrial archaeology of Scotland 2: The Highlands and Islands, 318 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2332.


<2> ARCH and Invidual Participants, 08/2010, Additional information on a number of sites, contributed by participants in ARCH Community Timeline Courses in Evanton and Golspie, CT-G9 Beryl Nicol (Collection/Catalogue/Gazetteer). SHG24857.

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