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Inveraray Castle Estate, Beehive Cottage

Cottage (19th Century)

Site Name Inveraray Castle Estate, Beehive Cottage

Classification Cottage (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) The Beehive; Limekiln Cottage; Inveraray Castle Policies

Canmore ID 106722

Site Number NN00NE 36

NGR NN 09567 09914

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Inveraray
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Architecture Notes


Alexander Nasmyth, c.1800.

Site Management (22 July 1996)

Circular Georgian cottage to Inveraray Castle, harled and rising to a single storey with a conical slated roof. A cylindrical ashlar chimney sits to the centre, whilst a circular wooden porch with a semi-conical roof sits to the front. (Historic Scotland)

Beehive Cottage was designed as a gamekeeper's cottage in 1801 by the architect Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840). This 'Circular Cotage for one family' had a single room built around its central chimney, one segment being cut out to use as the kitchen. Nasmyth thought the central chimney would be acceptable locally because of its similarity to the canopied central hearth of traditional rural dwellings. The conical slated roof, originally thatched, rises towards the circular ashlar chimney. (RCAHMS)

Nasmyth visited Inveraray in 1800 and 1801, probably at Lord Lorne's invitation. A letter to the Duke in November 1801 shows he was the architect of tiny Beehive Cottage, " The fire place is in the centre and the chimney suposed to be of sheet iron which from an experiment I have made would give a very general and wholesale to all the Cotage and without smoke. Cooking might be carried on in an easy and cleanly manner, by this kind of fire place, as is nearly on the same construction as the old cradle chimney. the Country Peapole would soon be accustomed to it" ( IG Lindsay)



Recording Scotland's graffiti project was designed to review the range of historic and contemporary graffiti art across Scotland. It involved desk-based assessment and fieldwork at a number of example sites, to consider recording methodologies and dissemination practices.

Between 2016 and 2017, phase 1 of the project aimed to:

Aim 1: review a range of historic and contemporary graffiti art from across Scotland, already present in Canmore.

Aim2: undertake a research review of previous approaches to recording graffiti art in Canmore and other HERs, review and develop the current Thesaurus terms.

Aim 3: test and develop a range of recording methods within the following programmes or projects: Discovering the Clyde programme (1223), Scotland’s Urban Past (1222), Architecture and Industry projects, such as Urban Recording Projects (1028), Area Photographic Survey (311) and the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership (1167).

Aim 4: the following test sites will be considered for research into the range of historic and contemporary graffiti. They will be analysed to demonstrate the different ages, contexts, styles and survivals of historic and contemporary graffiti: Polphail village (Canmore ID 299112), Scalan farmstead (170726), Cowcaddens Subway Station (243099), Croick Parish Church (12503), Dalbeattie Armament Depot (76279) and Dumbarton Rock (43376).

Aim 5: to research the potential for social media to play a role in crowd-sourcing information and archiving Scotland’s graffiti art.

In 2017-2019, phase 2 of the project aimed to:

Aim 1: To enhance the NRHE to the point at which it can be said to adequately represent the broad range of historic and modern graffiti that is evident throughout Scotland, and to explore ways by which that information can best be disseminated.

Aim 2: To develop guidelines that will convey the HES approach to researching and recording graffiti.

Aim 3: To write a specification for a book on Scotland’s graffiti.

Aim 4: To develop external partnerships to explore further ways to record graffiti and to identify and explore potential funding streams to enable further knowledge exchange and research.

The project was managed by Dr Alex Hale, with contributions from staff across Herirtage and Commercial and Tourism directorates.


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