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The Lorn iron furnace at Bonawe, near Taynuilt, is an important example of early industrial activity in Scotland.
1753 The furnace was established by the Newland Iron Company, later known as the Lorn Furnace Company. The aim was to use locally produced charcoal to smelt haematite ore brought from Lancashire and Cumberland.
As well as constructing a furnace and workers' dwellings, the company erected numerous ancillary buildings including a school, a church, and a quay, thus creating a small industrial community which soon became an object of some curiosity to travellers in the Highlands.
1874 The furnace was finally closed down and the buildings thereafter abandoned or put to other uses.