MHG56915 - WWI army camp - Cromlet, Invergordon


An army camp was built during WWI on the area known as 'Cromlet' to the immediate northwest of Invergordon.

Type and Period (2)

  • ARMY CAMP (First World War - 1914 AD to 1918 AD)
  • BARRACK BLOCK (First World War - 1914 AD to 1918 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An army camp was built during WWI on the area known as 'Cromlet' to the immediate northwest of Invergordon.

To the NW of the town the First World War map of the naval base (in a private collection) shows an area of about 25 buildings. Unlike naval buildings marked elsewhere on the map these are marked as open, rather than shaded, rectangles. It is possible that this was one of the Army hutments in the area.
Recorded as part of the HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project, 2013. <1> <2> <3>

The site was visited in 2015 as part of the ARCH project 'Invergordon in World War I'. To the northwest of the town was a large army camp, capable of accommodating 2,000 troops. <4> The longest use was by the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders – 3rd Reserve Battalion which was raised in Inverness in August 1914 as a depot/training unit, moved on mobilisation (August 1914) to Cromarty and then to Invergordon. They moved to Birr (Ireland) in November 1917. The Cameron Highlanders were followed by The Royal Munster Fusiliers – 5th (Extra Reserve) Battalion who were transferred to Invergordon in November 1917 and moved to Fort George in April 1918. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) – 3rd (Reserve) Battalion – was raised in Hamilton in August 1914 as a training unit, moved on mobilisation (August 1914) to Nigg and then to Invergordon in 1918 as part of the Cromarty Garrison. The troops trained in the area prior to their deployment to the western front. Some of the wooden huts are depicted on a naval WWI plan in private collection (though not shaded, showing that they were not naval huts), but photographs of the time show that the camp was much more extensive, with at least 45 barrack huts and c. 17 other buildings of various sizes to the east of the barracks. After the war the huts disappear. They are not shown on the 1930 aerial photograph, and had probably been sold off much earlier. <5>

Note: source is aerial photograph in collection of Invergordon Museum, so grid references of buildings may be distorted.

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Grid reference Centred NH 7040 6887 (415m by 285m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH76NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ROSSKEEN

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