MHG52514 - Boundary marker stone, Fort Augustus (6 of 12)

Summary

One of a possible 12 boundary stones thought to mark the "Government" lands of Fort Augustus.

Type and Period (2)

  • BOUNDARY STONE (Erected, 19th Century - 1857 AD to 1857 AD)
  • BENCH MARK (Established, 19th Century - 1857 AD to 1871 AD (at some time))

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Up to 12 boundary stones have been identified in and around Fort Augustus. These are War Department (WD) and Board of Ordnance (BO) markers. They are believed to mark the "Government" lands of Fort Augusutus. Several are inscribed with the date 1857.
In a survey report by Harry Robinson the stones are numbered BS-1 to BS-10, matching the numbers given on a plan of the stones in the HER files. A list of the stones has also been compiled by local heritage group Cill Chuimein Heritage which uses a different numbering system.
This is BS-6 (CCH no.4). It consists of a rectangular slab of granite cemented into the road-side wall and inscribed "WD 1857" under a Government arrow. It is also in use as a Ordnance Survey bench mark, calibrated to 112 ft OD. <1>

The bench mark is depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map c.1871. <2>


<1> Robinson, H, 2009, Archaeological Survey: Land to the west of Stavaigers Lodge, Abbey Gardens, Fort Augustus, pp 11-13 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG24118.


<2> Ordnance Survey, 1871-4, Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map: Inverness (Image/Map). SHG23389.

Sources/Archives (2)

Map

Location

Grid reference NH 37510 08838 (point) (Mastermap)
Map sheet NH30NE
Civil Parish BOLESKINE AND ABERTARFF
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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