Scheduled Monument

Tornamoine, depopulated settlement NW of Camas nan GeallSM7789

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Secular: settlement, including deserted and depopulated and townships
Local Authority
NM 55638 62228
155638, 762228


The monument comprises a depopulated settlement of post-medieval date. The monument lies in an area of rough grassland at around 60m OD. It consists of the remains of at least 17 buildings and associated structures and enclosures.

A variety of different types of buildings are represented, as well as a series of later sheep fanks. The site was known as Tornamoine, from the nearby hill (the hill of the moss, or bog). Tornamoine was cleared in 1828 by Sir James Milles Riddell, although a shepherd lived here until the 1860s.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular on plan and measures a maximum of 330m E-W by 240m N-S as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of post-medieval settlement and economy and the process of the Clearances in Ardnamurchan. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date, such as the cleared settlement of Bourblaige which is already scheduled.



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 56 SE 4.

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