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North Uist, Loch Aonghais, Dun Aonais

Building(S) (Period Unassigned), Dun (Period Unassigned)

Site Name North Uist, Loch Aonghais, Dun Aonais

Classification Building(S) (Period Unassigned), Dun (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 10366

Site Number NF87SE 4

NGR NF 8560 7381

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish North Uist
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NF87SE 4 8560 7381.

(NF 8560 7381) Dun Aonais (NR) (Site of)

OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1901)

Dun Aonghuis (fort of Angus) occupies the whole of the island on which it stands. The circular island is about 34 yards in diameter over a fairly well preserved wall which surrounds it close to the water's edge. There is a boat-entrance on the NW and a causeway on the E connecting the island to the nearest shore.

Foundations of a building 38ft N-S x 12ft E-W can be traced in the centre (E Beveridge 1911), and the Commission (RCAHMS 1928) describe a smaller one to the SE.

The dun is said to have been occupied by Aonghas Fionn (information from MacKenzie, 'History of the MacDonalds', 225) c. 1516.

E Beveridge 1911; RCAHMS 1928.

Dun Aonais is as described by Beveridge and the Commission. It is probable that the interior buildings are contemporary.

Surveyed at 1/10,560.

Visited by OS (R D) 27 June 1965.

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