MHG51347 - Shieling hut set into head dyke above Lochcarron ( C)

Summary

One of six roofless buildings, formerly used as shieling huts, set into the head-dyke above Lochcarron.

Type and Period (1)

  • SHIELING HUT (Constructed, 18th Century to 19th Century - 1800 AD to 1881 AD? (at some time))

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Six roofless buildings are set into the head-dyke wall, roughly equally spaced, with one in the middle of each crofting strip. Local knowledge has these buildings as shielings used while watching over the livestock, which at night were coralled into this end of the crofts, trapped between the head dyke and the river gorge forming two sides of a retaining triangle. The shieling huts were all built around 1800, the same time as Lochcarron itself was established. This information was submitted together with photographs by Paul Swan, a local researcher, in September 2008.

Building C measures 5.6m by 3.1m with a 0.8m wide doorway in the south side. <1><2>

This shieling hut may correspond with one of the buildings marked on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map but this is not certain. <3>


<1> Swan, P, 2008, Shielings - Lochcarron Crofts (Text/Manuscript). SHG23888.


<2> Swan, P, 2008-9, Correspondence from Paul Swan regarding several sites in the Lochcarron area (Text/Correspondence). SHG23871.


<3> Tilbury, S, Comment by Sylvina Tilbury, HER Officer (Verbal Communication). SHG23297.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NG 89733 40240 (7m by 7m) (Approximate)
Map sheet NG84SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHCARRON

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