MHG62538 - Lade - Contin


Mill lade, Contin

Type and Period (1)

  • LADE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

M Marshall of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society produced this report on the Contin mills in 2012.

Situation and surroundings – the course of the river Blackwater is divided into two forming an island at the village of Contin; the mills, weir and laide are situated at the south end of the village on the east branch of the river. Very little remains of the mills but oral tradition has it that the sawmill was upstream of a stone bridge which gives access to the island and the grain mill was just downstream of the bridge. The weir and lade are 200m upstream of the bridge, just below a wooden footbridge

Full description - much of the weir still exists and a wide lade can be seen exiting its east end, but the lade continues for 60m only before being destroyed by the gardens of nearby cottages. An elderly resident in the village provided the information that the saw mill was just upstream of the bridge at NH 4588 5576 and the grain mill was downstream of the bridge. The wasted stone foundations of a building can be seen at the bottom of a garden just below the bridge and may be those of the mill seen in the EB photograph.

On 1st Edition OS map (FESP site) or others. Both mills are depicted on the 1st edition OS map and are annotated as such. The weir and lade too are marked.

Photographs; An Erskine Beveridge photograph of “Contin watermill (corn mill), 1886” exists in the EB Collection at the RCAHMS, Edinburgh, it can be accessed on the Canmore website. <1>

Marked on 1st ed OS. <2>

Note: Approximate location copied from 1st Edition OS 6". [T. Blackie 17/2/22]

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Grid reference Centred NH 4591 5563 (49m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH45NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish CONTIN

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