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Dail Mhor,settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2787 / 58°16'43"N

Longitude: -3.5255 / 3°31'31"W

OS Eastings: 310629

OS Northings: 933246

OS Grid: ND106332

Mapcode National: GBR K6NV.9RS

Mapcode Global: WH5D2.T5CS

Entry Name: Dail Mhor,settlement

Scheduled Date: 13 January 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5231

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


This monument consists of a group of post medieval settlements and field systems covering an area of sloping ground to the S of the Dunbeath Water. Four clusters of buildings and associated enclosures are represented and there are also foundations of 2 isolated outlying buildings. A number of long houses and two kiln barns occur within the building clusters. A charter of 1619 records 'wiuackis' and this name probably refers to this settlement. The site is recorded as 'Nouag' on Roy's map of 1747-52 and this name survives in 'Wag Hill' just to the S of Dail Mhor.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 850m SW-NE by 680m NNW-SSE, to include the post medieval settlements, field systems and dykes. The scheduled area extends 10m beyond a dyke to the SW and is defined by the Dunbeath Water to the N and a burn to the S. The site of the prehistoric wags to the S is excluded from this scheduling as it is the subject of a separate scheduling. The area proposed for scheduling is shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of post medieval settlement and the process of the Clearances in this area of Highland Scotland. The buildings on this site incorporate important architectural information. The early documentary references to this settlement indicate an early origin and a long history of settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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