MHG58178 - Burial ground, Ràrsaidh
Burial ground, Ràrsaidh
Type and Period (1)
- BURIAL GROUND (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
- None recorded
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 1443. A smallpox burial ground is said to be located near to the Allt Ràrsaidh, in the area of Sites 1441 and 1442 (English 2000, 288, 290). 10m long linear patches of Polytrichum moss running in N/S direction, lie to the E of the burn. They are surrounded by wet heather moor, dominated by Molinia and Erica. There is nothing obvious to suggest the location of the burial ground. <1>
Note; Site not visible on AP’s so location approximate. (T Blackie 12/7/18)
|Grid reference||Centred NG 8278 1151 (16m by 16m)|
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