As our name Cruickshank is interwoven with the stream called Cruick Water, it became interesting to know more about this water body. The series of maps below, trace the Cruick Water from its outlet end near Stracathro, back to its origins in the Grampian Mountains. I was pleased to discover that the Cruick Water has provided power for mills and water for farming and life in general for many hundreds of years. Exciting to see some features called Shanks on the maps, too!
Cruick Water is fully contained in Angus (currently the Council Area of Angus and previously the Shire of Angus). Angus is located between the areas that were called Atholl (now mostly Perth & Kinross Council Area) and Kincardinshire (now part of Aberdeenshire council Area).
The Cruick Water outlet, into the River Esk, is next to a very old settlement called Stracathro, which is situated about 7.4 miles south of Fettercairn. On the maps you will see some Roman Forts were located at Stracathro. Additional information about STRACATHRO is found here.
The following maps are found on the Canmore Website. You can click on this link and browse around; zoom in for a closer look.
I have given each map a number from 1 to 15 (bottom right).
Links to Google Maps and Street View are given beside each map. The links might need a wee bit of tweeking, if you are using an Apple device.
So go ahead! Take a tour along the Cruick Water. You will see aerial views, street views, and be able to explore all around the Cruick Water from end to end.
Here we go!
Cruick Water at Stracathro. This link brings you to the corresponding Google map
Street view: Bridge over Cruick Water, north of Stacathro.
Cruick Water with Newton Mill (Left) and Balownie (Right).
Street View: Bridge of Cruick. Stonework circa 1781
Cruick Water with Brachinch [Ruxton J&A] (Top Left) and Piperton (Bottom Left).
Street View: Mill of Brathinch.
Cruick Water with Balrownie [Thomson P] (Top) and running between Belliehill Wood (Left) and Little Brechin Wood (Right).
Street View: Mill of Balrownie.
Cruick Water south of Belliehill Wood (Right) and Keepers Wood (Left). Notice Mill of Cruick.
Street view- Mill of Cruick.
See Mill of Cruick photos CLICK BUTTON
Cruick Water between Lochty (on Left) and Blackhall (on Right).
Street View- Blackhall Mill.
See more information about Mill of Blackhall, CLICK BUTTON
Cruick Water between Coe [Menmuir] (on Left) and Cowford (on Right)
Cruick Water with Baldmadity (Centre) and Milton of Balhall (Top Right).
Milton means "Mill Town"
Street View- Milton of Balhall.
Cruick Water through Auld Mill with Balquhadly (Left) and Balquharn (Right).
Street View- Bridge across Cruick Water with road to Auld Mill on the right (east).
Cruick water with Balquham (Bottom right).
Cruick Water between Auchnacree [Glenogil] (Left) and Afflochie (Right).
CLICK the BUTTON for photos
Cruick Water with Glen Cruick (bottom) and Glentrusta (Right).
Cruick Water crossing the road (or trail) at Ford, where Lockart Burn and Burn of
Glenlick join then flow into Cruick Water. (NOTE there are 2 ‘Fords’ on Map 13)
This is hard to distinguish but the centre of this Google Map is the place where Cruick Water has 3 tributaries ‘fork’ into it. Marked with an arrow on Maps 14 and 15. The 3 tributaries are outlined by lighter green vegetation.
Cruick Water showing the 3 tributaries. Marked with arrow on Maps 14 and 15. The 3 tributaries are outlined by lighter green vegetation. It might help if you zoom in. The trails (Left of the Cruick Water) help with the orientation.
Open this map, to see a very small scale (zoomed out) to show from Stracathro (Right) to Auchnacree (Left). Noticeable by their shape, but not labelled in this scale, are: Little Brechin Wood (Map 4), Boggie Wood and Weiris Wood (Map 8), Auld Mill (Maps 8 and 9), Auchnacree (Maps 10 and 11), the wooded area around Glen Cruick (Map 12), and the westerly bend leading to the northerly ‘Ford’ (Map 13).Cruick Water showing the 3 tributaries. Marked with arrow on Maps 14 and 15. The 3 tributaries are outlined by lighter green vegetation. It might help if you zoom in. The trails (Left of the Cruick Water) help with the orientation.