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Uladail, depopulated settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5914 / 56°35'28"N

Longitude: -5.7209 / 5°43'15"W

OS Eastings: 171647

OS Northings: 750579

OS Grid: NM716505

Mapcode National: GBR DC89.6BG

Mapcode Global: WH0FH.3L1B

Entry Name: Uladail, depopulated settlement

Scheduled Date: 20 January 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7821

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Morvern

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a depopulated settlement of post-medieval date.

Uladail lies in an area of deciduous woodland, at around 30m OD. It comprises the remains of about twelve houses and outbuildings, many standing to eaves height. The township was occupied by 1755, but by 1841 the population consisted only of two women occupying a single house; by 1851 Uladail had been abandoned completely.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains of the buildings and the land around and between them, within which evidence relating to their construction and occupation is likely to survive. It is irregular on plan, bounded on the S side by the gully along the N side of the public road.

The area to be scheduled has maximum dimensions of 230m E-W by 110m N-S (or, it is 255m from its easternmost point to its westernmost point), as marked in red on the accompanying map. The existing wooden poles of the electricity line crossing the site are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of post-medieval settlement and economy. Uladail is a fine example of a small agricultural settlement in an area which is now 'reverting' to 'natural' woodland cover, but which was probably occupied and used for farming over many centuries.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM 75 SW 3.

Bibliography:

Gaskell, P. (1968) Morvern Transformed: A Highland Parish in the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge University Press.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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