MHG26401 - Kildonan Farm


Kildonan Farm

Type and Period (1)

  • FARMSTEAD (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH09SE 3.01 0773 9109

Kildonan Farm, recorded during the course of a pre-afforestation survey undertaken by J Wordsworth, is situated NW of the main township of Kildonan, on the NE banks of Loch Broom and consists of a number of buildings and features. The former farmhouse is still inhabited and lies within a deer proof enclosure on the boundaries of a larger enclosure marked on the current Ordnance Survey map. Two roofless buildings, one of which was shown roofed on the 2nd edition of the OS 6-inch map (Ross and Cromarty 1905, sheet xxi), lie situated to the SW of the farmhouse at NH 0765 9110. A third unroofed building is situated on the shore below the raised beach at NH 0740 9117. Run rig or lazy bed cultivation lies up to 90m W of the building and up to 250m E of it. Another feature consisting of large boulders with a dump of very small stones is situated to the E of the farmhouse at NH 0776 9106, although it is unclear whether this is a modern feature or the remains of an earlier building. A drystone sheepfank at NH 0775 9115 is shown on the current edition of the OS map (1968).
J Wordsworth 1995; NMRS MS 961/20 <1>

This site was recorded in 2011 by Buchanan M, Buchanan J, & MacInnes A as part of an archaeological survey of Kildonan township.

The house lies on a SW facing slope above Little Loch Broom. The structure is still roofed but damage unless repaired will lead to deterioration of the house. It has remained unoccupied since 1996. The 1st OS shows both the present house built in 1851 and the earlier house (MHG58985) as roofed. It is not known if the earlier house post dates the township, being built when the sheep farm was established, but its construction of dressed stone unlike the ruins within the township, suggests this. The main house measures 9.7 x 7.4m with two extensions measuring 3.8 x 5.5m and 4.0 x 7.3m. Elevation is 19m. The older house has three main compartments with two outshots. A rough measurement gave an overall length of 25m and width of 3.3m. Elevation 14m. <2>

NGR adjusted based on 1999-2001 aerial photographs <3>

1st Edition OS 6" <4>

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Grid reference Centred NH 0773 9108 (18m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH09SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

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