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Dun Mhic Leoid,tower,Loch Tangusdale

A Scheduled Monument in Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 56.9658 / 56°57'56"N

Longitude: -7.5183 / 7°31'5"W

OS Eastings: 64765

OS Northings: 799615

OS Grid: NL647996

Mapcode National: GBR 7BT9.R4Z

Mapcode Global: WGV56.H52S

Entry Name: Dun Mhic Leoid,tower,Loch Tangusdale

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5210

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: crannog (with post-prehistoric use)

Location: Barra

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of a small late medieval defensive tower situated upon an artificially enlarged island in Loch Tangusdale. The tower is 6m square, with mortared walls 1.4m thick, and stands to 4.5m high. The entrance was on the NE side, but details have been obscured by the removal of facing stones. The tower appears to have been of 3 storeys. There is no reliable history, but a strong

tradition is that it formed a "dower" castle, subsidiary to Kisimul Castle in nearby Castlebay.

The island on which the tower stands is either artificial or has been artificially enlarged by the addition of a platform of boulders, with the tower standing on the W

extremity. Traces of a wall surround the entire extent of the island, with what may be a boat harbour visible below the tower on the N side. The area to be scheduled is irregular in plan, 35m E-W by 20m N-S, to include the entire island and the tower, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good field example of the simplest form of medieval castle found in the Western Isles, and its importance is enhanced by its proximity to the larger Kisimul Castle, with which it is traditionally associated. It is also important as one of a whole range of medieval defensive sites in the southern Western Isles, which range from walled islets to substantial and relatively sophisticated castles.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NL 69 NW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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