MHG15457 - Belladrum Steading


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Type and Period (2)

  • FARMSTEAD (Constructed, 19th Century - 1801 AD to 1899 AD) + Sci.Date
  • SAW MILL (19th Century to 20th Century - 1801 AD? to 1999 AD?)

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Early C19 steading with some later alterations. A large central entrance tower over a pend entrance. The steading has whimsical allusions to the Continent with the steeply pitched roof to the tower and its false arrowslits and a Gothic window to the west end of the main range.
Information from RCAHMS (CAJS) 2010.

Belladrum Steading was one of twenty sites to have been part of the SCOT2K Native Pine Dendrochronology Project. One of the aims of this project included dating and provenancing of native Scottish pine timbers in buildings and archaeological sites and dates were found to range from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, from high-status castles to modest cruck cottages. They were mostly located in the Highlands where Scots pine occurs naturally and so these areas were more likely to have had native pine used in buildings, although an early example of long-distance transport is also identified. More widely in Scotland, many historic buildings are dominated by imported timber from the 15th century onwards, and native timbers may be under recognised, something the project is helping to address. Native pine from Belladrum steading was dendrochronologically dated to the 19th century, with a Terminus post quem date of 1838. Belladrum steading is an example of the improvements continuing in the countryside during the 19th century. <1> Summary of results. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5204 4143 (100m by 100m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH54SW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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