MHG16338 - 11 Melvaig


Croft (Listed building) in Melvaig township

Type and Period (2)

  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • CROFT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

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The croft house was listed at category 'B' in 1971.

Melvaig is one of the Gairloch crofting townships created in 1845 by John Mackenzie, although early documents show that people lived here in 1660. The name Melvaig in Gaelic is ‘ Mealabhaig ‘ meaning ‘ bent grass bay ‘, and with aig associated with Viking vik it is possible that the area was settled before this. The Gairloch Estate maps show two main areas of settlement (see map) before the crofts were established and the older boundary head dyke can still be seen within the crofting township head dyke. The crofting township of Melvaig was surveyed in 2013 by A. MacInnes and assisted in the research by J. Buchanan, A. and R. Mackenzie and D. Malone. <1>

Croft 11, Melvaig, known as ‘Lota Mhurchadh Dhomhnaill’. The croft lies on a gently sloping NE to SW piece of once arable ground. It covers an area of just over 4 acres. Today the land is used for the occasional grazing of sheep and is mainly under rushes. <2>

1st Edition OS 6" <3>

Note; See MHG21309 for Melvaig township record (T.Blackie 21/12/18)

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Grid reference Centred NG 7431 8657 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG78NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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