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ID:MHG55073
Type of record:Monument
Name:Shieling settlement, Allt an Creagach
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Summary

A shieling of Pressmuchroch township, the last shieling site on the east side of Drumochter before the march with Atholl.

Images

Allt an Creagach site  © David Taylor, 2011L-shaped shieling hut  © David Taylor, 2011Small shieling hut  © David Taylor, 2011Substantial shieling house  © David Taylor, 2011
Grid Reference:NN 632 762
Map Sheet:NN67NW
Civil Parish:LAGGAN
Geographical Area:BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY

Monument Types

  • SHIELING (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SHIELING SETTLEMENT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG55073

Full description

Description
This site, named Rea Chraggan on the 1773 plan, contains a dozen or so structures, mainly on the south side of the burn. It was a shieling of Pressmuchroch township (see note on Delachurn shielings). Delachurn and Alt an Creagach are about 4km apart and this was the range of land shieled by the Pressmuchroch tenants from the Truim right up to the summits. These two groups of shielings were situated at either end of the territory. Alt an Creagach was the last shieling site on the east side of Drumochter before the march with Atholl. Breakachy (the tacksman of Pressmuchroch, and forester) grazed his cattle here ‘the first part of the summer season’. There was also a grass-keeper stationed here during the early summer.

Structures
There are several small shieling bothies of 3-5 metre length; one possible animal enclosure; and one house of 8 metre length, possibly a cruck-framed creel house, judging by size and the double stone wall foundation. This house, like other Badenoch shielings has an L-shaped compartment at the south end. There is also possibly an outbuilding / byre attached to the north end, which would bring it up near the 12 metre length seen in some of the other Drumochter shielings.

Information from David Taylor. <1><2>


<1> Taylor, D, 2011, Unpublished notes on various shieling sites in the Drumochter area (Text/Manuscript). SHG25441.


<2> Taylor, D, 08/2011, Photographs of various shieling sites in the Drumochter area (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG25442.

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