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Rait, The Sheiling

Cottage (18th Century)

Site Name Rait, The Sheiling

Classification Cottage (18th Century)

Canmore ID 226536

Site Number NO22NW 99

NGR NO 22627 26809

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Kilspindie
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Site Management (18 August 2014)

Single-storey harled and slated (formerly thatched) (Historic Scotland)

Long single storey harled cottage with slated roof - collapsed section suggests rubble/ clay bonded walls.


Standing Building Recording (17 July 2012 - 19 July 2012)

Morgan Homes Scotland Ltd commissioned Alder Archaeology to undertake a historic building recording on three properties in Rait (Perth and Kinross): Sheiling Cottage, the Smithy and Smithy House. The properties are situated in the centre of Rait on either side of the main burn which runs through the centre of the village. Sheiling Cottage is located at NGR NO 22632 26800, the Smithy at NO 22631 26834 and Smithy House at NO 22645 26843. The work (site code RT03) was undertaken on the 17th and the 19th of July in good weather conditions. The work revealed that Sheiling Cottage has clay bonded rubble walls and was constructed over two phases, a small structure to the W being later extended to the E. The building was altered several times during the 19th century and the original thatched roof replaced in slate. A number of elements in this building hinted at a possible original late 18th century date. The Smithy was found to be a rectangular mortar-bonded rubble building probably built in the first half of the 19th century as part of the central farm of Rait dating to the improvements. The building's roof, originally covered by ceramic pantiles with vents and glass skylights was replaced and the walls raised in the late 19th century. This appears to have been part of a 19th century re-organisation of the farm. Smithy House, a large well built house was constructed as part of this development and replaced an earlier range of farm buildings.

Information from Oasis (alderarc1-132250) 11 September 2012


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