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Fassfern House

Farmhouse (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Fassfern House

Classification Farmhouse (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Fassifern House; Fassifearn House; Fassfern House Policies

Canmore ID 106296

Site Number NN07NW 4

NGR NN 02096 78744

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kilmallie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire

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Fassifern House, c.1770 Originally a two-storey, three-bay house with garrets, possibly incorporating its predecessor, later elongated with three-bay flanking ranges to resemble a stepped terrace of three, all harled, slated and glazed with 12 -pane sashes in the traditional manner. Joseph Mitchell, visiting in 1837, described Fassifern as 'a fair specimen of a Highland country gentleman's farm residence sixty or seventy years since - doors and shutters of original pine unpainted, and the paper on the walls bearing evidence of the moisture of the Lochaber climate'. An old tree-lined avenue, half forgotten, leads down towards Loch Eil. In 1772, the tenant John Cameron had 'a peat barn-a byre, stable and brewhouse, these 4 under one roof, a kiln, mill, barn and sheep house all with stone and thatch with ferns'. In the garden at the back of the house his fruit trees were 'thriving well'.

[The Camerons of Fassifern were one of the principal cadet branches of the Cameron clan. Like many of the old Cameron houses, Fassifern survives, albeit in altered form having been rebuilt after the '45. BPC is said to have picked the rose that became the White Cockade emblem of the Jacobites in the garden at Fassifern. ]

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2007. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NN07NW 4.00 02096 78744

NN07NW 4.01 NN 02128 78782 East steading

NN07NW 4.02 NN 02106 78798 North steading

NN07NW 4.03 NN 02076 78776 Walled Garden


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