MHG21340 - Laide Crofting township - Gairloch


Laide Crofting township in Gairloch

Type and Period (1)

  • CROFTING TOWNSHIP (19th Century to 20th Century - 1801 AD? to 2000 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Thumbnail Photo of township building with corrugated iron roof.
Wester Ross Project - Cathy Dagg, 23/3/04

The majority of the 19th century croft houses are at the top of the crofts, now inaccessible from the road and therefore derelict. Modern housing is concentrated along the road, particularly north of the turning from the A832.

As a crofting township, Laide does not appear to have gained an identity until the second half of the 19th century. A few houses are marked on the Admiralty chart of the 1840s, together with the chapel and salmon house, but no placename. Interestingly, this chart records ‘remains of large trees’ (assumed to be a feature visible from the sea) on the hill slope at the top of the crofts.
Wester Ross Project - Cathy Dagg, 23/3/04
NG89SE 9 centred on 898 917

A crofting township comprising seventy-four roofed buildings, which include a school and a smithy, three partially roofed building, sixteen unroofed buildings and some enclosures is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Ross-shire 1881, sheet xix). Forty-one roofed, two partially roofed, eighteen unroofed buildings and some enclosures are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10560 map (1969).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 19 April 1996

A survey of the Laide settlement area was undertaken by Macinnes, A. and Macintyre, J. in 2011. <1> <2> <3> <4> <5> <6> <7> <8> <9> <10>

NGR adjusted based on 1999-2001 aerial photographs <11>

1st Edition OS 6" <12>

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Grid reference Centred NG 9001 9205 (964m by 1968m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG99SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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