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Meall Meadhonach, sheepfold 1550m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Latitude: 58.0793 / 58°4'45"N

Longitude: -4.3675 / 4°22'2"W

OS Eastings: 260481

OS Northings: 912479

OS Grid: NC604124

Mapcode National: GBR H7LC.N4P

Mapcode Global: WH3BC.W6F4

Entry Name: Meall Meadhonach, sheepfold 1550m NW of

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5161

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: enclosure

Location: Lairg

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


This monument consists of a well preserved sheepfold with associated enclosures. The low drystone wall of the sheepfold is overgrown with turf and heather, encloses an area about 16m in diameter and has an E entrance. Walls run off from the sheepfold to the S and N and may

form small subsidiary sheepfolds or shepherds huts. The area to be scheduled measures 33m N-S by 21m E-W, to cover the sheepfold and the subsiduary enclosures to N and S.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved and complex example of a sheepfold, a common but little-studied type of structure. The monument incorporates important information on Post-Medieval farming practices. Sheepfolds were constructed throughout the Post-Medieval and Modern periods, and presumably earlier. The state of preservation this example may indicate a comparatively early date. This sheepfold is one of a number of Post-Medieval structures to the north of Lairg which are being proposed for scheduling and as a group, as well as individually, these incorporate important information on settlement structure and farming practices at this time.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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