Building YOn the other side of the main road you can see Building Y. This is a threshing barn. It was home to the tractor in the early 1960s, and was one of the last buildings used for farming – in the late 1960s, Willie Weir kept a few cattle here.
We think this barn was associated with Building W, to your right. There has been a building there for over 200 years, shown on the 1789 plan, and on the 1871 map. No clear photographs of it exist, but it appears in the far background of a photograph taken in the late 19th century. The building now looks very different. Like other buildings in the township, it appears to have been heavily rebuilt in the early 20th century, when the thatch roof was replaced with corrugated steel. The walls are bonded with lime mortar and contain no traces of wall-slots for crucks.
In 2013 the building suffered serious storm damage, and is being rebuilt to resemble how it would have looked in the 1960s. Our sources for this are oral history and photographic evidence.
[caption id="attachment_22853" align="alignnone" width="526"] The barn in the 1870s[/caption]
The road leading up to the barn is an extension of a loop of road that ran through the West Township in front of Building W. The metal gate you can see over the road, and the line of metal fence-posts stretching away from our gates have been standing for over a century. They were erected by the Argyll Estate along the road boundaries of its land in around 1900. You may see similar fence posts alongside the road as you travel onwards. These posts and gates were supplied by A. and J. Main and Co. of Glasgow, who specialised in the manufacture of steel-framed buildings, fences and railings. They would have been delivered to the piers at Inveraray or Furnace by puffer, before travelling to Auchindrain by road. Perhaps they were brought from Glasgow by Para Handy in the Vital Spark?