MHG3935 - Farmstead - Tordarroch


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  • FARMSTEAD (Undated)

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  • None recorded

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NH63SE 50 6790 3300

This settlement consists of two badly decayed buildings in an area of rough grazing just S of the prehistoric settlement. Strictly in terms of degree of decay this looks the oldest of the three historic settlements. Only two buildings were located but under better conditions more might be located.
Surveyed in 1989 as part of a survey of lands around Tardarroch, Daviot and Dunlichty to identify and map archaeological monuments threatened by the proposed afforestation scheme. For details see report. <1>

The remains of three heavily-robbed buildings are situated in heather-covered moorland some 300m WSW of the Free Church. Two of them are arranged in a rough L-shape, measuring 14m N-S by 5.6m transversely over faced-rubble walls 0.75m in thickness (USN93 198), and 9m ESE-WNW by 6.7m transversely over walls spread to 0.9m in thickness (USN93 199). The longer building has a bedneuk projecting from its E side. Traces of bank suggest that these two buildings stood at the SW corner of an enclosure.
The third building (USN93 205) is to the S of USN93 199, and roughly parallel with it. It measures 20m in length by 6m in breadth over walls reduced to stony banks 1.4m measuring in thickness. The interior of this building is divided into three compartments.
To the SE of USN93 199 are two sub-circular pits. These were interpreted by Driscoll in 1989 as a possible 'cellular house', but they are similar to the pits found close to many township buildings in the area, and were probably used for storage. An L-shaped range of buildings, marked 'Ruins', is depicted at this location on a map of Tordarroch dating from c.1804 (SRO: RHP 1047).
(USN93 198-9, 205)
Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 4 November 1992. <2>

This site was visited and photographed as part of a walkover survey in June 2009. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 6790 3300 (100m by 100m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH63SE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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