MHG59031 - Boundary Dyke, Clearence Cairns, Field System and Lazy Beds - Port Mor, Muck


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Type and Period (4)

  • BOUNDARY DYKE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • FIELD SYSTEM (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • LAZY BEDS (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This subdivision takes in the E end of Muck and is bounded by the coastline on the N, S and E and on the W by the boundary it shares with the neighbouring township of Ballmeanach (see NM47NW 48). The largest township on the island lies at the centre of this area overlooking Port Mor and comprises the remains of at least forty eight buildings, though only nine buildings and one enclosure are depicted here on the 1809 plan (see NM47NW 7). This divides the area into 17 lots, and though schematic, many of the plot boundaries appear to have been constructed and can be still be followed on the ground as stone walls. One of these walls extends from the E coast at Cnoc an Fheur Lochain across the summit of Carndearg to Port Mor and clearly overlies earlier field boundaries and plots of lazy bed cultivation (see NM47NW 13).
With the exception of the improved fields belonging to the modern farm, traces of lazy-bed cultivation can be seen across much of this ground and stones have been cleared into heaps around the edges of the plots or used to form banks that in part enclose them. Some large enclosures do survive. An example is centred above the township at NM 41798 79667, and a system of small irregular conjoined enclosures remains at NM 42668 79842. Elsewhere stretches of field banks combine with crags and natural terrace edges to define the plots of lazy beds.
Information from RCAHMS (ARG) 12 April 2012

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Grid reference Centred NM 4223 7992 (60m by 60m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM47NW
Civil Parish SMALL ISLES
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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