Auchindrain Township | The Muileann
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The Muileann

The Muileann

 You are in open ground, south of Stoner’s House and east of Stoner’s Barn, close to the burn.  The field you can see across the burn was called ‘The Muileann’: (Gaelic for ‘mill’), and the burn is the Allt a’Mhuilinn, the Mill Burn.   

There must have once been a mill in this area – no trace now remains. The mill was probably what is called a Norse Mill.  These were once common in Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.  They are very small, about the size of a garden shed. Inside the mill building, a small water wheel, set horizontally in the flow of a small stream, directly drove a set of millstones set above it.  The millstones would turn against each other to grind the grain. The mill could only work when there was enough water flowing, in winter or after heavy rain.

[caption id="attachment_22891" align="alignnone" width="800"]Illustration of what a Norse Mill at Auchindrain may have looked like. Illustration of what a Norse Mill at Auchindrain may have looked like.[/caption]

Running along the far side of the burn, overgrown by small trees, you can see the remains of part of the dyke that ran around the East Township. Only part of The Muileann field is still within the museum boundary. The rest is under the forestry plantation next door. The Muileann was part of the township’s inbye land. Up to the 1840s it was divided up and worked runrig.

The 1789 plan shows a line of buildings in this area, running north to south from behind Martin’s House to the area in front of Stoner’s House.  Look carefully in the grass and you will see the stone foundations of one of these lost 18th century buildings. We call this Site BB.

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