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Red Smiddy Ironworks View of furnace

SC 560011

Description Red Smiddy Ironworks View of furnace

Date 19/11/1979

Collection John R Hume

Catalogue Number SC 560011

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content Former blast-furnace, Red Smiddy, Poolewe, Ross and Cromarty This furnace was established by Sir George Hay as part of the iron-working empire he developed in Wester Ross under the patronage of James VI. His first blast-furnace was at Letterewe, halfway up Loch Maree, and this was his other one. This view shows the visible remains of the hearth of the furnace. The ferns are growing on one side of the crucible, where the molten iron collected. This was built of the local Torridonian Sandstone, vitrified by the heat of the molten metal. This iron-working venture was designed to use the local scrub woodland to make charcoal, and to produce iron ordnance, well away from interference. As the local population was Gaelic-speaking, spying was difficult. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference H79/224/7


File Format (TIF) Tagged Image File Format bitmap

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