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Balcraggie Lodge,settlement 700m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2618 / 58°15'42"N

Longitude: -3.4664 / 3°27'58"W

OS Eastings: 314058

OS Northings: 931281

OS Grid: ND140312

Mapcode National: GBR K6TW.LW2

Mapcode Global: WH5D3.QLKS

Entry Name: Balcraggie Lodge,settlement 700m N of

Scheduled Date: 13 January 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5230

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and townships

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument is a small post medieval settlement on a low terrace of Dunbeath Water. The settlement consists of two long buildings, a kiln house with enclosure, rigs and a clearance cairn. One long house has an extra chamber on the long side, this may be a bed recess or dairy. The fire place and chimney in the gable end of the building may

suggest a late abandonment of the site. This settlement is not marked on Roy's map of 1747-52, but may be 'Clashraven' of a 1789 sasine.

The area proposed for scheduling measures a maximum of 240m NW-SE by 100m SW-NE, to include all the buildings, the clearance cairn and the field system. This area is taken 15m beyond a stone wall which defines the edge of the rigs to the S of the settlement. To the NE the scheduled area is defined by the wood and to the SW by the Dunbeath Water. To the NW the area is defined by a terrace which slopes down to lower ground. The proposed scheduled area is 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 an understanding of the life of a post medieval farming community and the process of the Clearances in this area of Caithness. The settlement forms a single farming unit with 2 houses, a kiln barn and a discrete area of infield covered with rig and furrow. The abandonment of the settlement may have been comparatively late; the buildings are well preserved and incorporate important architectural information.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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