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Airigh nan Seilicheag,chambered cairn 1300m SSE of Marrogh

A Scheduled Monument in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.5979 / 57°35'52"N

Longitude: -7.2973 / 7°17'50"W

OS Eastings: 83662

OS Northings: 868793

OS Grid: NF836687

Mapcode National: GBR 88CM.Y3V

Mapcode Global: WGW3B.W997

Entry Name: Airigh nan Seilicheag,chambered cairn 1300m SSE of Marrogh

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5246

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


Frank Matcham, 1903-04. Edwardian Baroque. Important theatre with outstanding interior. Polished red sandstone ashlar.

BATH STREET ELEVATION: 7 irregular bays with curving lower domed angle bay to Elmbank Street. Wide 2nd and 5th bays, flanked by broad channelled pilasters with medallions. Entrance in 2nd bay, dummy entrance in 5th; semi-circular arches above with recessed windows; shallow bowed and pilastered arched tripartite windows above capped with balustrade; bold, ball finials over pilasters; recessed pediments behind main body of theatre. Entrance bays flanked by narrow bays. 2 central bays with large recessed, multi-pane 1st floor windows and curved balconies; parapet with urns.

ELMBANK STREET ELEVATION: asymmetrical. 3 bays to left balanced with central pedimented bay, 2 arched openings in flanking bays at 2nd floor with recessed windows with balconies.

Variety of multi-pane glazing patterns in timber sash and case windows and timber fixed pane and casement windows.

INTERIOR: foyer: marble lined, coffered barrel-vaulted ceiling, pilasters to stairway, balcony with caryatids. Auditorium: highly elaborate Baroque decoration in fibrous plaster by McGilvray & Ferris. 3 tiers of horseshoe balconies, 2 boxed to ground circle on each side with banded columns and pediments, one box in tier above, 3 shell niches to each side in upper tier; proscenium arch with escutcheon and cherubim. 12-panelled ceiling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for the evidence it displays of variety in the funerary traditions of the Neolithic, being a rare long cairn in an area rich in round cairns. It may have undisturbed chamber deposits, which, together with the soil underlying the cairn, would upon excavation furnish important evidence for Neolithic funerary practices and contemporary land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



3rd edition Ordnance Survey map (1908-11); Williamson et al, The Buildings of Scotland - Glasgow (1990) p208; Bruce Peter Scotland's Splendid Theatres (1999) pp117-121. The Theatres Trust (accessed 16 March 2009).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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