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Priest Island

Building(S) (Period Unassigned), Farmstead (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Priest Island

Classification Building(S) (Period Unassigned), Farmstead (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 4445

Site Number NB90SW 1

NGR NB 9204 0207

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Lochbroom
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NB90SW 1 9205 0200.

(Area centred NB 9205 0200) Three roofless buildings shown in 1881. "House occupied until late 19th century (?) excavated by F Fraser Darling".

OS 6"map, annotated by I Crawford, September 1961.

There are the remains of six structures on Priest Island. Two buildings, one probably a dwelling and the other an outbuilding, subsequently united and modified for use as a sheepfold, survive up to gable height. Another ruined building has dry stone walls up to 1.0m high. There are also three small sheepfolds of crudely built dry stone masonary. According to Mr Fraser (D Fraser, Local Historian, Achiltibuie), the island was occupied by a family called Mackenzie in the 18th and 19th centuries who were banished there from the mainland. Dr Fraser Darling lived on the island for a time and excavated a small structure (information from D Fraser) but no trace of this building could be found.

Visited by OS (E G) 28 May 1962.

A farmstead and two buildings are depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Ross-shire 1881, sheet viA). Six unroofed buildings and an unroofed circular structure are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10,560 map (1970).

Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 28 September 1995.

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