MHG18750 - Ledbeg River

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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Shielings.
J Home 1774-5. <1>

NC 2590 1420: On E bank of the Ledbeg River are two building footings, 10m by 4m and 4m by 3m, and remains of small adjacent enclosure; to NW a complex of ruinous walls and banks extend over hillside and flood-plain, at the latter enclosing strip cultivation. Abandoned 18th/19th century.
Visited by OS (JM) 14 August 1980.

An enclosure or field is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Sutherland 1878, sheet lxxxii). Three unroofed buildings and part of a field boundary are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10,560 map (1966).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 19 September 1995

Visited by the Assynt's Hidden Lives project in December 2009. Just above the valley floor on a small mound, on the north banks of the River Ledbeg are three stone rubble shieling footings.
125A - 10.5m by 4.8m building, aligned E/W with walls spread up to 1m in places, constructed of varied gathered sub-angular blocks with an entrance to the south.
125B - A building 4.8m by 4.6m and up to 0.3m in height, with walls up to 1m spread. The structure is very overgrown with moss and bracken, much rubble infill and the south wall has been lost to the river.
125C - An enclosure 14m by 12m and up to 0.7m high, constructed of an earth and stone bank with very spread walls. The east wall may curve around the river bank by the south end of HLP 125B. A fourth sturcture HLP 125D was identified on the opposite bank of the stream, which appears to be the remains of a small mill, c. 7.2 m long x 4.3 m wide, rather poorly preserved but does have evidence of a mill lade running to the south. <2>


<1> Home, J, 1774, John Home's Survey of Assynt in 1774 (Image/Map). SHG24519.


<2> Cavers, G & Hudson, G, 05/2010, Assynt's Hidden Lives: An archaeological survey of the the parish, 125, p.127 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG24882.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NC 2579 1410 (100m by 100m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC21SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ASSYNT

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