MHG62194 - Probable lime kiln - Claiginn, Urchany


Ruined lime kiln, Claiginn, Urchany

Type and Period (2)

  • LIME KILN? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A township comprising nine unroofed buildings is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1876-81, sheet ix). Three unroofed buildings, an enclosure and some field walls are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1992).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 14 May 1996

The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) undertook an archaeological survey of Urchany in 2015.

Claiginn Township.

Site B178; Kiln, possibly part of a stone building. North of the settlement at Claiginn is an unnamed burn that descends steeply from the higher ground to the north. A dyke runs to the east of the burn for much of its length. As the burn levels off in the lower ground, a bowl-shaped structure, 10m N- S by 8m E-W, has been scooped out of the bank to the east of the dyke. Although the remains are now scanty, the shape of the bowl persists, now filled with tumble. Its eastern face shows courses of irregular stone in the bank. From the northern part of the bowl, a smooth, raised, grass-covered bank curves round to end at the dyke. This is most likely the remains of a kiln, probably a lime-kiln. Downstream of this structure is a regular rectangular pool in the burn, which may have connections with the function of this building. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NH 4427 4573 (11m by 11m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44NW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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