MHG12722 - Ben Loyal


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

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NC55SE 8 562 503.

Centred NC 562 503. The extensive remains of a depopulated village lie at the foot of the NW slopes of Ben Loyal and consist of building footings and enclosures. Some of the houses are of the usual rectangular plan, with walls standing to a height of 0.3m or more. An old enclosing dyke on the south side of the village is abutted by houses of this type. The other foundations are slight, oval or sub-rectangular, with turf-covered walls of no great height.
Visited by OS (JLD) 25 April 1960; Visible on RAF air photographs 106G/Scot/UK 70: 3177-8 and on OS air photographs 5/s/20:082-4

In ruins by 1874 (OS 6" map, Sutherlandshire, 1st ed., {1874}) this unnamed settlement lay in 'Lord Reay's Country' which was bought by Lord Stafford, later Duke of Sutherland, in 1829. The depopulation is presumably later than this date, possibly about 1855, when there are known to have been evictions in Tongue.
J Prebble 1963

No change to the previous field report.
Visited by OS (JM) 26 September 1978

This township which comprises four unroofed buildings, one of which is a long building, and a head-dyke, is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Sutherland 1878, sheet xxxiv). Ten unroofed buildings, one of which is a long building, and the head-dyke are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10.000 map (1990).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 22 August 1995

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Grid reference Centred NC 5614 5027 (622m by 582m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC55SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish TONGUE

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