MHG58678 - Estate Cottage - Harris


An estate-built shepherd’s cottage situated within the extensive remains of the pre-Clearance township.

Type and Period (1)

  • COTTAGE (19th Century to 20th Century - 1801 AD? to 2000 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NM 33846 95909

The estate-built shepherd’s cottage at Harris is situated within the extensive remains of the pre-Clearance township (MHG4210), 250m to the NE of Harris Lodge (MHG37588).
The 3-bay cottage measured 9.1m from E to W by 5.9m overall and was built of harled rubble with dressed margins. Decoration of the masonry was limited to raised windowsills and plain string courses on the two gable stacks. The timber truss roof was slated in diminishing courses, and finished with barge boards; both gable eaves had been reduced later to be flush with the masonry. Little of the timber windows and internal fittings survived, but a three-room layout is discernible, with each of the end rooms furnished with a central fireplace and a press cupboard. The loft, presumably accessed by a ladder, had been timber lined and lit by cast-iron roof lights, one of which had been removed. An extension to the north had been replaced with a timber shed that still stands.
The building is not depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map surveyed in 1877, but it is shown on the 2nd edition revised in 1898 when it was part of a group of five roofed buildings (Argyllshire (Island of Rum) 1879-80, Sheet LXVI; Inverness-shire (Isle of Skye) Sheet LXVI 1903). It was probably built in 1890 for estate owner John Bullough, and similar buildings were constructed at the same time at Kinloch, Kilmory and Guirdil (Love 2001). An earlier shepherd’s cottage stands 70m to the E, at NM 3392 9590.
Rum Record Upgrade Project, Visited by RCAHMS (GFG, IP) 23 August 2011.

See link below to HES Canmore record for photo and plans.

GIS spatial data created 2018 based OS Master Map. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NM 3384 9590 (8m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM39NW
Civil Parish SMALL ISLES
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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