MHG5353 - Bernera Barracks, Glenelg


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

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NG81NW 5 8150 1973.

(NG 8150 1973) Bernera Barracks (NAT) (In Ruins)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1902)

Bernera Barracks were constructed in 1722 (M E M Donaldson 1923) following the Risings of 1715 and 1719 (S Cruden 1960); a classic example of a standard Government type of smaller fort. Part of the material used was taken from a neighbouring broch. (M E M Donaldson 1923)
It was reduced in 1746 by the Jacobite army on its retreat to Scotland. (S Cruden 1960)
M E M Donaldson 1923; S Cruden 1960.

The buildings were scheduled in 1958.

As planned by the Board of Ordnance (plan no Z3/6a) except that the Guard House should be on the NW corner and the beer and bakehouse should be on the SE corner. In ruinous condition.
Visited by OS (R L) 5 October 1966.

The buildings were listed at Category A in 1971.

Bernera Barracks incorporate some interesting deviations from the design drawings, the most noticeable being the erection of angle towers at opposite corners to where they were intended to be. Neither the land surface nor soil conditions offer reasons for these alterations.
G Stell 1973.

Site photographed by Christine Yuil, 4/1999. See Hlinks.
J Aikten : 22/1/04

SKL/LOC Local Plan, Mar 1999: P45: 3.2.22. POLICY - 2.5.11.
J Aitken : 11/06/01.

A photograph of Bernera Barracks was submitted by Martin Briscoe in May 2011. <1>

The buildings were de-listed by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016 as part of the Dual Designations Project. They remain a Scheduled Monument. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NG 8151 1974 (120m by 120m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG81NW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish GLENELG

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