MHG29368 - Enclosure - Leas Bheag, Inveralligin


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  • ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

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'. . The author was recently informed of some curious enclosures of unknown purpose at Inver Alligin, Loch Torridon, apparently called, respectively, Lismore and Lisbeg (Lis Mhor and Lis Bheag), or the large and small 'lis', which ... may refer to early monastic sites.' <1>

MacDonald locates 'Leas Mhor' and 'Leas Bheag' to NG 842 574. The construction of these enclosures is similar to that of NG85NW 12. <2>

Quadrilateral enclosure with no obvious entrance. Flat topped thick wall c. 1m wide. Large upright stoned forming each face with smaller in between but mostly hidden by grass. Inside ground 0.3m higher than outside. 13m by 10m. Wall construction similar to Glaic enclosure and Leas Mhor.
Recorded by Mary MacDonald 1992-5 during her shieling survey of the Torridon area of Wester Ross.
J Aitken : 18/12/00.

This enclosure was included in the the walkover survey and desk-based assessment undertaken by J Wordsworth and J Harden at Torridon for the National Trust for Scotland in 1996-2002. They recorded that Lis Bheag (H28 as previously recorded by M.MacDonald) was another thick walled enclosure with large uprights forming the inner and outer faces, with a rubble core.
Lis Mhor and Lis Bheag may derive from a monastic placename 'Lis'. A series of ill-defined cultivation terraces extended SE from behind the telephone box. <3>

For Leas Mhor see MHG7697.

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Grid reference Centred NG 8419 5740 (30m by 30m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG85NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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