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Lewis, Eoropie

Head Dyke (Post Medieval), Township (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Lewis, Eoropie

Classification Head Dyke (Post Medieval), Township (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Eorrapidh

Canmore ID 129495

Site Number NB56NW 9

NGR NB 51750 65000

NGR Description Centred on NB 51750 65000

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Barvas
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NB56NW 9 centred on 5175 6500

The Object Name Book (OS) describes the township as 'A village of huts built of stone and clay, and thatched with straw. It is the most northerly village in the Lewis, situated on a patch of good arable land, which is very much impoverished by the sand being blown over it from the shore in stormy weather. These huts are apparently the most wretched in the Lewis, they are like the others, filled with dung for nine months of the year; and during the other three, they are often filled with sand.

Name Book 1852

A linear crofting township, comprising twenty-five roofed, five unroofed buildings of which three are annotated as 'Ruin', and nine enclosures is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Island of Lewis, Ross-shire 1853, sheet 1). A head-dyke runs to the NE of this crofting township, the township of Cuig Peghinnean (NB56SW 19) and the crofting township of Cnoc Ard (NB56SW 20). The complete head-dyke runs from NB 512 656 to NB 533 641.

The present crofting township with its field-system to the N is shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1992).

Information fom RCAHMS (AKK) 13 March 1997

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