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South Uist, Eochar, 51 Balgarva

Cottage (19th Century)

Site Name South Uist, Eochar, 51 Balgarva

Classification Cottage (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Baile Gharbhaidh

Canmore ID 238356

Site Number NF74NE 44

NGR NF 76840 46793

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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


Field Visit (10 June 2015)

NF 76841 46791 Probably 19th century cottage, listed as having a ‘muran thatch roof, secured with ropes and netting; modern brick weights to east, stones used on other elevations’. It is unclear what the thatch material currently is - it appears to be thatched in either reed or straw. Due to the condition of the thatch along the ridge, it is also unclear the manner and material in which it is scobed. The entire roof has been netted, and the netting has been secured underneath the eaves. There is a single thick rope secured to the surface of the netting around a foot above the eaves, around the entire building and the chimney stacks. The rope is primarily used for decorative purposes but also provides a secondary weighting for the netting. The thatch is generally in a good condition, however, there are a few loose sections of thatch underneath the netting.

Visited by Zoe Herbert (SPAB) 10 June 2015, survey no.285


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