MHG58645 - West Building - Back Settlement


A ruined structure, possibly a byre dwelling, was recorded during the Scotland's Rural Past Project.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A desk-based assessment and walkover survey of Cuil, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, Lochaber, was carried out in 2010 by N Malcolm for RCAHMS' 'Scotland's Rural Past Project'. This building was shown on the first (1875) and second (1897) OS 6-inch maps (Argyllshire and Buteshire sheet xliii) as roofed. Miss Donaldson in her 1921 book "Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands," stated that it was ruined. All that remains now are the footings of the walls and a trace of an internal stony division suggesting that this was a byre dwelling. It was built very close to the hillside and separated from the east building by about 2.5 metres (MHG58646). To the north-west was an enclosure bounded on three sides by a stone dyke and on the fourth by the hillside. The north-east wall forms a ha-ha. There was a small (1.3 by 0.8 metre) area immediately next to the hillside within the wall which looked as if it had been deliberately made and might have been a lamb pen or doghouse. <1> <2>

See link below to HES Canmore record for site plan and photos.

GIS spatial data created 2018 based on the 1st edition OS 6 inch map. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NM 9813 5708 (10m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM95NE
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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