MHG10951 - Canarchy Township


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Type and Period (3)

  • TOWNSHIP (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HEAD DYKE (Undated)
  • FIELD SYSTEM (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Carnachy (OS 6"map, Sutherland, 1st ed., 1873). The remains of a depopulated settlement mentioned as Carnachu in 1726 (Macfarlane 1906-8), which since it was under sheep-farming in 1873 (ONB 1873) is presumably one of those abandoned during the clearance of Strathnaver between 1814 and 1819.
Name Book 1873; W Macfarlane 1906-8; J Prebble 1963.

The deserted township of Carnachy (name verified) comprises sixteen building footing or more, including three 'longhouses' ranging in size from 28 by 4 to 37 by 4m, a number of accompanying enclosures remains of a head dyke; and broken traces of field banks. Rig and furrow cultivation is discernible but modern agriculture intrudes upon much of the area.
Visited by OS (J M) 15 December 1978.

A township comprising 7 unroofed buildings, 1 of which is a long building and 3 enclosures is depicted on 1st edition OS 6-inch map (Sutherland 1878, sheet xxvii). 18 unroofed buildings and three enclosures are shown on current edition OS 1:10,560 map (1962).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 21 August 1995.

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Grid reference Centred NC 7195 5170 (481m by 567m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC75SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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