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Blairskaith Muir, Civil Starfish Decoy

Decoy Site (20th Century)

Site Name Blairskaith Muir, Civil Starfish Decoy

Classification Decoy Site (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Clyde Aa Defences; Craigmaddie Muir

Canmore ID 232040

Site Number NS57NE 84

NGR NS 595 762

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Dunbartonshire
  • Parish Baldernock (Strathkelvin)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Strathkelvin
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS57NE 84 595 762

For control bunker to the E, see NS67NW 70

The remains of a Starfish decoy site (SF13c) are visible at this location on RAF air photographs taken in 1945 (106G/UK989: 4248 and 4249). The site is not visible on All Scotland Survey air photographs taken in 1988 (51588: 077, 078). The control bunker (NS67NW 70) is situated 1km to the E.

Information from RCAHMS (KM), 27 December 2002.

This extensive civil Starfish decoy site is situated on the S-facing slopes of Blairskaith Muir.

The site consists of a series shallow ditched rectangular and oval shaped enclosures forming firebreaks, which would have contained basket, boiling oil, grid/coal drip and plain coal fires. The group of enclosures are also visible on further frames of the above mentioned sortie (106G/UK 989 31283129, flown 9 November 1945), which show that the site extended over an area 300m square. It is not known whether the bunker recorded about 600m W (NS57NE 54) was linked to this group or to the small fire or lighting decoys (Civil QF/QL), located in this area.

It is not known whether anything survives of this site.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), November 2005.


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