MHG58460 - Earth bank, Croulin (east)

Summary

Earth bank, Croulin (east)

Type and Period (1)

  • TURF BANK (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

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

Croulin is a place of two halves, divided by a river, with a broad outwash fan. For convenience, they are referred to as Croulin (east) and Croulin (west); though the owner of Croulin (west) calls his property, Cnoc Gorm, after the hill above, this does not appear to be a historical name. Both Croulins are occupied today by working fishermen.

There are small townships on both sides of the burn some 500m inland, whilst lower down, closer to the shore, there are numerous scattered ruins within the now enclosed fields (figs. 13 and 14). The homes of the 2 current occupants, along with their various outbuildings, sit to either side of the enclosed ground. We estimate that as much as 10 hectares of land was in cultivation at one time. The cultivation remains are still very visible, both on the ground and in aerial photographs. Later the best of the ground was enclosed by a substantial stone wall and shows evidence of having been ploughed by tractor. A sheep fank was constructed on the top side of the enclosed ground (Site 1136; fig. 14; plate 27). It is also possible that - after the lower ground was first enclosed - the poorer ground above the head dyke was cultivated in lazy beds for potatoes, at the time when the population was at his peak.

Site 1167. The wasted remains of a 200m long, dog-legged earth bank, generally 0.5m high and spread to 1.2m in width. <1>

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

Note; Only sections of bank visable on AP’s. (T Blackie 13/8/18)

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NG 7818 0937 (149m by 19m)
Map sheet NG70NE
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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