MHG53519 - Mill pond and remains of lade, Killiechoilum


A mill pond, sluice and lade depicted on the 1st and 2nd edition Ordnance Survey maps.

Type and Period (5)

  • MILL POND (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MILL DAM (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SLUICE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • LADE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • AQUEDUCT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A walkover survey in September 2009 identified a sluice at NH 47997 13003 consisting of large stones over a burn with wet areas to the front and rear. The pond to the south has man-made bans and uses natural ground. Sluice is 1.4m by 3.2m with lade to the south 6 metres in length. The pond is visible on an aerial photograph from 1949 with a possible stretch of lade to the north. The rest of the lade looked to be infilled, only visible as a faint line. <1>

The 1st and 2nd edition Ordnance Survey map depict the northern part of the lade, leading up to Killiechoilum farmstead, as a raised aqueduct. <2><3>

A walkover survey by Headland Archaeology in 2012/13 in advance of a proposed windfarm development records the mill pond and lade depicted on the 1st edition OS map and appear to be chanelling a stream from the hillside towards Killiechoilum farmstead, presumably providing the water source for the house or as a lade for a mill located in the house. <4>

<1> Farrell, S, 03/2010, Report of Archaeological Desktop & Walkover Survey, Ardochy, Whitebridge, Highland, Site 8 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG24725.

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

<3> Ordnance Survey, 1900-5, Ordnance Survey 2nd edition 25 inch map: Inverness (Image/Map). SHG23940.

<4> Headland Archaeology, 2012, Dell Wind Farm: Environmental Statement: Cultural Heritage chapter, Appendix 9.2 (Text/Report/Environmental Statement). SHG26658.

Sources/Archives (4)



Grid reference Centred NH 4799 1308 (28m by 218m)
Map sheet NH41SE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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