Blairskaith Muir, Civil Starfish Decoy

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Alternative Names Clyde Aa Defences; Craigmaddie Muir
Site Type DECOY SITE (20TH CENTURY)
Canmore ID 232040
Site Number NS57NE 84
NGR NS 595 762
Council EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE
Parish BALDERNOCK (STRATHKELVIN)
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District STRATHKELVIN
Former County STIRLINGSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NS57NE 84 595 762

For control bunker to the E, see NS67NW 70

The remains of a Starfish decoy site (SF13c) are visible at this location on RAF air photographs taken in 1945 (106G/UK989: 4248 and 4249). The site is not visible on All Scotland Survey air photographs taken in 1988 (51588: 077, 078). The control bunker (NS67NW 70) is situated 1km to the E.
Information from RCAHMS (KM), 27 December 2002.

This extensive civil Starfish decoy site is situated on the S-facing slopes of Blairskaith Muir.
The site consists of a series shallow ditched rectangular and oval shaped enclosures forming firebreaks, which would have contained basket, boiling oil, grid/coal drip and plain coal fires. The group of enclosures are also visible on further frames of the above mentioned sortie (106G/UK 989 31283129, flown 9 November 1945), which show that the site extended over an area 300m square. It is not known whether the bunker recorded about 600m W (NS57NE 54) was linked to this group or to the small fire or lighting decoys (Civil QF/QL), located in this area.
It is not known whether anything survives of this site.
Information from RCAHMS (DE), November 2005.

 
Books and References

Dobinson, C [S] (2000h) Fields of deception: Britain's bombing decoys of World War II, London
Page(s): 262 Held at RCAHMS F.6.9.DOB

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