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Lewis, Swainbost

Township (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Lewis, Swainbost

Classification Township (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Swanibost; Suainebost

Canmore ID 129513

Site Number NB56SW 23

NGR NB 5122 6252

NGR Description Centred on NB 512 625

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

NB56SW 23 centred on 5122 6252

The Object Name Book (OS) describes the township as 'A small village of huts, which are of the most indifferent kind. It is between Tabost and Cross, with both of which villages it forms almost one continuous line of huts.

There is a large tract of good arable and a considerable portion of indifferent moorland attached to it'.

Name Book 1852

A crofting township, comprising sixteen roofed, two partially roofed annotated as 'ruin', four unroofed buildings and twenty enclosures is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Island of Lewis, Ross-shire 1853, sheet 3). To the SE is an extensive system of head-dykes (NB56SW 69) which may be partly associated with this crofting township.

A more extensive crofting township than that on the 1st edition is shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1992).

Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 23 June 1997.

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