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Tigh nan Saighdearan, barracks

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 56.9699 / 56°58'11"N

Longitude: -5.3219 / 5°19'18"W

OS Eastings: 198178

OS Northings: 791432

OS Grid: NM981914

Mapcode National: GBR FB79.931

Mapcode Global: WH1F2.720M

Entry Name: Tigh nan Saighdearan, barracks

Scheduled Date: 27 November 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7856

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: barracks

Location: Kilmallie

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


This monument consists of the remains of a small barracks building, constructed in the aftermath of the 1745-46 Rising.

It is a simple rectangular building measuring roughly 9m N-S by 4m. Only the gables stand above the base course; the south gable stands to about 1m high with a fireplace in the centre of the wall. There is another fireplace in the N gable which stands to about 2m high.

The area to be scheduled includes the building and an area extending 5m out from the walls in all directions. The area measures approximately 19m N-S by approximately 14m and is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because it is one of a number of small barracks built throughout the Highlands following the 1745-46 Rising. The site was chosen to give the government troops a presence in a largely inaccessible area with good communications to the Great Glen by boat on Loch Arkaig.

Although the upstanding masonry is very fragmentary the underlying archaeology has the potential to expand our knowledge of the use of these outlying sites. The site also has great historic significance, reflecting the most extreme and final expansion of government troops during this period of Highland pacification.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 99 SE 1.

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