MHG58173 - Building, Ràrsaidh


Building, Ràrsaidh

Type and Period (1)

  • BUILDING (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 1439. A substantial building close to the Ràrsaidh shoreline. It measures 23.7m E-W x 3.3m N-S internally and is divided into 3 compartments, each measuring (from W to E), 11.4m x 3.3m, 7.4m x 3.3m, and 3.2m x 3.3m internally. It has stone built dividing walls and there is no access between the compartments. The double faced, drystone walls stand to a maximum of 0.6m in height and are c.0.7m wide, though generally very tumbled. The building has square corners inside and out. There are entrances to all 3 compartments in the S wall. The W half of the N wall is revetted into the bank behind the building. 2 large holly trees are growing within the ruins. <1>

Note; Site not visible on AP’s so location approximate. (T Blackie 12/7/18)

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Grid reference Centred NG 8162 1190 (35m by 8m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG81SW
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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