MHG25876 - Farmstead, Loans of Tullich

Summary

C19 farmstead incorporating a small doocot. It was adapted and utilised during the Second World War by the armed forces.

Type and Period (2)

  • FARMSTEAD (19th Century - 1801 AD to 1869 AD)
  • DOVECOT (Built, 19th Century - 1869 AD to 1869 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH87NE 34.01 8572 7712
Tullich; 'A farm house with offices situated about 0.5 mile from Fearn'
Name Book 1872

This farmsteading is situated on N side of a track that leads through military camp at Loans of Tullich and adjacent to a later farmhouse. Built of stone and now roofed with corrugated iron, it has a small doocot built on to the gable-end of NE wing. Doocot is dated 1889, possibly having been added later than original construction of steading.
Evidence that steading has been re-used, probably during Second World War, was observed within structure. Its location within the military camp makes it highly likely that structure was possibly used for administration or officers' quarters, present day population in area could shed no light on wartime occupants. The internal arrangement of rooms has been drastically altered and there is extensive use of wooden-framed wall divisions and hardboard walls. In NE wing a standard war period fireplace has been installed.
The farm of Tullich is depicted roofed on 1st ed OS 6-inch map (Ross & Cromarty) 1881, sheet XLII and is shown with farmhouse immediately to S of steading, not to W as it is today.
Visited by RCAHMS (DE) May 1997

The U-shaped farm building is the only surviving building of a farmstead depicted on the first edition 25" OS map <1>, the farmhouse depicted immediately to the south of the steading on the second edition 25" OS map <2> is no longer extant. The eastern range is no longer roofed; the central and western range retain a corrugated iron roof. The SE gable wall of the east range contains the simple 3-holed doocot with a date stone of "1869" directly above. It looks as though the doocot may post-date the main steading. The building was utilised by the armed forces when Loans of Tullich operated as a military camp in the Second World War. The building had been altered for purpose as highlighted by the RCAHMS (above). In addition, standard 3x2 military metal window frames were added <3>.


Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 32, 196 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3364.


<1> Ordnance Survey, 1871-76, Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map: Ross-shire (Image/Map). SHG23422.


<2> Ordnance Survey, 1904, Ordnance Survey 2nd edition 25 inch map: Ross-shire (Image/Map). SHG23423.


<3> Puls, A, Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23286.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NH 8572 7710 (51m by 53m)
Map sheet NH87NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish FEARN

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