NS2573 : Old field boundary

taken 4 years ago, near to Garvock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

This is 1 of 4 images, with title Old field boundary in this square
Old field boundary
Old field boundary
This boundary meets and crosses the one shown in NS2573 : Old field boundary, but, unlike that one, it is not recorded on the present-day OS map at any scale.

It was part of the field system associated with Shaws, a farmstead that used to be at NS25567335, but which was already a ruin by the time the first-edition OS map was surveyed in 1857: NS2573 : The former site of Shaws.

Loch Thom is in the background.
Former site of Shaws

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, 11 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 13 May, 2016
Geographical Context
Boundary, Barrier  Derelict, Disused 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2544 7360 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.4222N 4:47.7170W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2547 7362
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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