NS2673 : Near the shore of Loch Thom

taken 5 years ago, near to Garvock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

Near the shore of Loch Thom
Near the shore of Loch Thom
Traces of cultivation are evident as ridges parallel to the view direction. This part of the shore is between NS2573 : The former site of Shaws the ruin of Killochend. Hillside Hill (NS2472) is prominent on the right. Through a gap to the left of that hill, some more distant hills can be seen in the haze; they are peaks on the Isle of Arran.

This land was probably associated, originally, with the farmstead of Shaws: NS2573 : The former site of Shaws. As mentioned in the end-note for that item, much of the arable land of Shaws was submerged during the creation (182527) of the Great Reservoir, which later came to be known as Loch Thom. What remained of the land was then assigned to the nearby Killochend farm: NS2672 : The ruin of Killochend.
Former site of Shaws :: NS2573

From the OS Name Books of 1857: "Shaws: The ruins of a small farm steading, the property of Major Darroch. When the 'Shaws Water Cos. [Companies] Great Reservoir' was formed the greater part of the arable land of this farm was covered; the houses were then allowed to fall in ruins, and the remainder of the land joined to the farm of Killochend."

The farmstead of Shaws was shown, as "Schawes", on the 1654 Joan Blaeu map of Renfroana (Renfrewshire), and as "Shaws" (with adjacent field system) on Roy's Military Survey of Scotland (1740s-50s). John Thomson's map of Renfrewshire (the map is dated 1826, but was published in his 1832 "Atlas of Scotland") shows Shaws on the northern shore of a reservoir (the Great Reservoir, later known as Loch Thom).

Some unroofed building are marked "Shaws (ruins)" on the first-edition OS map (surveyed in 1857). On the 1897 revision of the OS map, those ruins are no longer present, although the trees that stood beside them are still shown. There are now only faint traces of the buildings, but the field system associated with the farmstead is still clearly visible on the ground.

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Date Taken
Monday, 15 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 26 August, 2016
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Derelict, Disused 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2600 7318 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.2082N 4:47.1638W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2601 7319
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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