Bute, Rothesay, Kirk Dam

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Alternative Names Robert Thom's Water Cuts
Site Type DAM (18TH CENTURY), SLUICE(S) (19TH CENTURY)
Canmore ID 304564
Site Number NS06SE 429
NGR NS 08430 63732
Council ARGYLL AND BUTE
Parish ROTHESAY
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District ARGYLL AND BUTE
Former County BUTESHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NS06SE 429 08430 63732.

This dam, situated on the burn that runs from Loch Fad NNE to the sea and 200m W of St Mary’s Chapel (NS06SE 1), was built in the late 18th century to create a reservoir of water that would power the Rothesay Cotton Mills (NS06SE 5), established in 1779. It was raised in the early 19th century as part of the Robert Thom’s work to supplement the water supply to the mills (Maclagan 1996). Part of a ‘miln dam’ is depicted on May’s estate map of Craigberoch and Barone Park, surveyed in 1781. A dam and two sluices are shown on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Buteshire 1869, Sheet CCIV).
Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 18 May 2010.

18 May 2010
 DESK BASED ASSESSMENT

Project RCAHMS Isle of Bute Survey

Notes This dam, situated on the burn that runs from Loch Fad NNE to the sea and 200m W of St Mary’s Chapel (NS06SE 1), was built in the late 18th century to create a reservoir of water that would power the Rothesay Cotton Mills (NS06SE 5), established in 1779. It was raised in the early 19th century as part of the Robert Thom’s work to supplement the water supply to the mills (Maclagan 1996). Part of a ‘miln dam’ is depicted on May’s estate map of Craigberoch and Barone Park, surveyed in 1781. A dam and two sluices are shown on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Buteshire 1869, Sheet CCIV).
Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 18 May 2010.


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15 October 2010 to 26 October 2010
 MEASURED SURVEY

Project RCAHMS Isle of Bute Survey

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Books and References

Earls, A (1945) 'Robert Thom and his work on water power for the Rothesay cotton mills', Trans Buteshire Natur Hist Soc, vol.13
Page(s): 129-43

Ferrier, J (1966) 'Robert Thom's water-cuts', Trans Glasgow Archaeol Soc, New, vol.15, 3
Page(s): 129-38 Held at RCAHMS Per

Maclagan, I (1996) 'Robert Thom's Cuts on the Island of Bute', Transactions of the Buteshire Natural History Society, vol.XXIV Rothesay
Page(s): 3-19 Held at RCAHMS Per

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