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Druimavuic, Roadside Cairns Flanking A828

A Category C Listed Building in Oban North and Lorn, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5545 / 56°33'16"N

Longitude: -5.2443 / 5°14'39"W

OS Eastings: 200698

OS Northings: 744993

OS Grid: NN006449

Mapcode National: GBR FCFD.8L6

Mapcode Global: WH1H1.DJX3

Entry Name: Druimavuic, Roadside Cairns Flanking A828

Listing Date: 11 March 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395953

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48528

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ardchattan and Muckairn

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban North and Lorn

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Description

Probably 19th century. Circular-plan rubble cairns (54) surmounted by single stone, flanking A828 to W of Druimavuic. 2 pairs with decorative pebble caps form gatepiers to Druimavuic Ballieveolon House at N and W.

Statement of Interest

The 54 cairns include 4 which form gatepiers. They were probably constructed from field boulders as part of an estate employment scheme. It is thought that their purpose was to make the edge of the road, which is prone to flooding. Although the date of the cairns is uncertain, they are associated with the nearby 18th century Druimavuic Ballieveolon House and may date to works on the policies of this property in the 19th century. The house is listed separately. The cairns are aligned in an arc, following the bend in the road. They form an interesting feature in the landscape. Unsubstantiated local stories purport that the cairns were used to mark, or hide the burial sites of the Government's red coat soldiers. The cairns, probably as a result of their size, do not feature on the Ordnance Survey 1st or 2nd Edition maps.

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