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Ancient Iron Furnace

Bonawe (Scots pronunciation: [boˈnɔː]; Scottish Gaelic: Bun Abha [puˈna.ə]) is a village in Ardchattan Parish Argyll and Bute, Scotland opposite Taynuilt on the north shore of Loch Etive, most famous for the shipping firm J & A Gardener's Bonawe Quarry - now owned by Breedon Aggregates Scotland Ltd (56°27′05″N 05°13′25″W / 56.45139°N 5.22361°W / 56.45139; -5.22361 (Bonawe Quarry)). Bonawe is primarily a linear settlement along on the B845 road and the coast.


The name is derived from Scottish Gaelic Bun Abha, meaning "the mouth of the River Awe".

Lorn Furnace[edit]

Lorn Furnace or Bonawe Furnace is located across the loch,in Glenorchy and Innishail Parish, between the rivers Awe and Nant, close to Taynuilt Village in Muckairn Parish from which the Nant separates it. It was built in 1753 by Richard Ford & Co. (the Newland Company) from Furness (now in Cumbria) to use Furness haematite ore with local charcoal. The same company operated the furnace until 1876.[1] The site is in the guardianship of Historic Scotland.[2]


  1. ^ P. Riden, Gazetteer of the Charcoal-fired blast furnaces in Great Britain in use since 1660 (Merton Priory Press, Cardiff, 1993), 147-9.
  2. ^ Historic Iron Furnace Historic Scotland.

Coordinates: 56°27′05″N 5°14′05″W / 56.45139°N 5.23472°W / 56.45139; -5.23472