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Cnoc a' Bhreac-leathaid,shielings and cairnfield 700m NNE of

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

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Latitude: 58.0916 / 58°5'29"N

Longitude: -4.3899 / 4°23'23"W

OS Eastings: 259210

OS Northings: 913895

OS Grid: NC592138

Mapcode National: GBR H7JB.PWN

Mapcode Global: WH3B5.JWT8

Entry Name: Cnoc a' Bhreac-leathaid,shielings and cairnfield 700m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 3 February 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5300

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse; Secular: shieling

Location: Lairg

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument consists of a number of elements. At NC591138 is a small prehistoric cairnfield consisting of a group of peat covered clearance cairns with individual cairns which are up to 1m high. At NC593138 is a prehistoric hut circle defined by a low wall and is about 8.4m in diameter; its entrance was probably to the SE. A field system formed of clearance cairns covers about 16ha and surrounds the hut.

At NC593140 there is a group of rectilinear structures,

shielings and enclosures representing a Medieval/Post Medieval settlement site. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 620m E-W by 250m N-S, to include the cairnfields, round hut and shielings, as shown in red on the attached plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to knowledge of prehistoric and Post Medieval settlement. The prehistoric hut circle and clearance cairns are largely peat covered and therefore particularly well preserved; these features will incorporate important information for prehistoric settlement and agriculture. The shieling settlements include evidence for Post Medieval farming practices and the eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Clearance of Sutherland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NC 51 SE 5, 22 and 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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