History of Auchindrain

Auchindrain is a ancient village -- or township -- or communal tenancy -- of about 20 buildings near Inveraray, Scotland, on the estate of the Dukes of Argyll. Auchindrain was not destroyed or materially changed by the Highland Clearances and is therefore the largest and most authentic old rural village in Scotland today. The buildings and adjacent fields have been preserved and are now an open-air museum of farming life.

Photo Courtesy of Richard D. Huseth

This webpage has hot links to many documents written about and describing Auchindrain.

If you are a descendant of Auchindrain -- or think you may be -- or if you have any questions, comments, or additional information about Auchindrain, please send e-mail to GeoVis@erols.com. Thank you very much.

(1) Auchindrain in Context:

(2) Auchindrain History:

(3) Auchindrain Today:

  • Buildings of Auchindrain. A visitor centre and about a dozen historic furnished long houses and barns are open to the public, plus open-air ruins and museum administrative buildings not op en to the public. This page describes each of the buildings and recognizable ruins (coming soon).

  • Fields of Auchindrain. Seven old in-fields surround the buildings. None of these has been cultivated since the 1950's, except as small demonstration plots of the museum. This page describes each of the fields (coming soon) .

  • Pastures of Auchindrain. The Auchindrain tenancy included about 4,000 acres of summer pastureland northwest of the A83 highway where the sites of Auchindrain's shielings and (according to former curator Robert W. Smith) an illicit still may still be seen (but are accessable only on foot).

  • Archaeology at Auchindrain. Various studies have been made, but much remains to be done. Click here to see the description of a similar project on South Uist (an island in the Outer Hebrides).

  • Descendants of Auchindrain. Although Auchindrain never had more than about a dozen families at any one time, there was turn- over in its population, and many people are now related to someone who once lived in Auchindrain. Surnames inc lude Campbell, McCallum, MacCosham, MacGougan, MacNicol, Munro, and Sinclair. Some descendants live nearby -- in Inveraray or Furnace, for example. Many more live elsewhere in Scotland and in England, Canada, the United States, Australia, South Africa, and other countries. If you are a descendant of Auchindrain -- or think you may be -- please send e-mail to GeoVis@erols.com.

  • Photographs of Auchindrain taken by Richard D. Huseth of Austin, Texas.

  • More photographs of Auchindrain taken by a group from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS).

  • Yet more photographs of Auchindrain taken by a group of students from Beloit College in Wisconsin.

Link to "Folk Museums in Scotland"

Link to "Where to 'See' the Highland Clearances and Diaspora"

Link to Campbell/Jameson Family History

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