MHG11379 - Mill, Borrobol Burn
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Type and Period (1)
- WATERMILL (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
- None recorded
NC82NE 41 8665 2629
Borrobol Burn drove a horizontal mill which served the township of Ascaig (Askaig: NC 8624). In 1889 the machine was enclosed in 'a hovel about the size of a pig-sty'.
Sage 1889; J Mackay 1892
The footings of the mill were pointed out by Mr Kennedy, keeper at NC 8665 2629 alongside Borrobol Burn. The building is used as a rubbish dump, and there is no trace of the mill working parts.
Visited by OS 2 February 1976.
This mill is situated on the S side of a bend in the Borrobol Burn. It comprises two subrectangular structures end-on to one another, that is from SW to NE; a water-collection pool and the mill-building, 7.5m apart, connected by a bank, which supports the mill-race. Both structures had been partially filled with rubbish. The water-collection pool, which appears to have been excavated into the side of the river-bank, measures 21m from NE to SW by 4.3m transversely within a battered wall, standing at least 0.8m in height and 3.5m in thickness towards its base. The mill-building measures 9.1m from NE to SW by 4.9m within rubble-faced, earth-cored walls, standing to 1m in height and 3m in thickness with an entrance in its SW end. There is the lintel of a sluice in its SW end, where the mill-race meets the end of the building. An overflow channel leads off from the E corner of the water-collection pool.
There is a reference to a mill at Borrobol in a wadset of 1614 of John, Earl of Sutherland (Nat Lib Scot Sutherland MSS Dep 313/306).
Visited by RCAHMS (PJD) 17 April 1991.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Mackay, J. 1894. 'Sutherland place names', Trans Gaelic Soc Inverness Vol. 18 1891-2, p.183-208, 325-40. Trans Gaelic Soc Inverness. 183-208, 325-40. 195.
- --- Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Cowley, D.C., Dixon, P.J. and Ritchie, J.N.G.. 1993. Strath of Kildonan: an archaeological survey. RCAHMS. . Paper and Digital.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Sage, D. 1889. Memorabilia domestica: or parish life in the north of Scotland. 2nd ed.. 65-6.
|Grid reference||Centred NC 8664 2629 (40m by 40m) (Buffered by site type)|
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- https://canmore.org.uk/site/6671 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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