MHG58134 - Turf and stone wall, Ràrsaidh


Turf and stone wall, Ràrsaidh

Type and Period (1)

  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

These sites were recorded by NOSAS in 2008/9 as part of an archaeological survey of outer Loch Hourn.

Ràrsaidh is a large area with a long and complex history. The present day Ràrsaidh Cottage lies within Rarsaybeg, and it appears as roofed on the OS 1st edition map of 1872. The 1st edition map also shows one roofed building close to the shore on Rarsay, along with several unroofed buildings. Ràrsaidh was apparently cleared in 1849 (English 2000, 287). Roy, in the mid 18th century, shows a small enclosed settlement of 5 buildings at Torr an Aoil, with rig and furrow on both sides of the Ràrsaidh Burn, though nothing where Ràrsaidh Cottage stands today. The 1808 map suggests a park close to the shore within Rarsay shieling, though no buildings are shown, as well as a small park close to the shore at Rarsaybeg with one building.

Site 1375. A turf and stone wall, which, below the road, is aligned NNE-SSW. It is very wasted, standing to 0.5m high and is spread to 1m in width. It is 150m long. At its S end, it continues onto the beach where it is more substantial. It stands to 0.6m high and is spread to 2m wide. It continues to the north, on the upper side of the road, where it curves and runs westward. The given NGR is the point where the wall crosses the road. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 1999-2001 AP’s <2>

1st Edition OS 6" <3>

Note. Site not visible on AP's above the road. (T.Blackie 13/7/18)

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Grid reference Centred NG 8291 1121 (26m by 135m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG81SW
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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