MHG58488 - Enclosure, Croulin (west)


Enclosure, Croulin (west)

Type and Period (1)

  • ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

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

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 1129. An extensive stone walled enclosure, its walls generally standing to c.1.5m in height. The walls are c.1m wide, but taper towards c.0.4m at the top. There are entrances on the W and N side, which are c.3m wide. At the SW end, the wall runs into rock ledge c.3m high, with the turf capped S wall lying on top of the ledge. The majority of the E wall now lies within a small forestry plantation (Site 1131). Against the inner face of the N wall at 177933E 809419N, there is a small (modern) wooden shelter, measuring c.4m E-W x 3m N-S. <1>

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

1st Edition OS 6" <3>

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Grid reference Centred NG 7787 0931 (318m by 284m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG70NE
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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