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Portabhata, depopulated settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.6445 / 56°38'40"N

Longitude: -5.9603 / 5°57'36"W

OS Eastings: 157300

OS Northings: 757306

OS Grid: NM573573

Mapcode National: GBR CCN4.YH6

Mapcode Global: WGZD1.F804

Entry Name: Portabhata, depopulated settlement

Scheduled Date: 6 March 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7837

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 a depopulated agricultural township of post-medieval date.

The township lies in improved grassland at around 140m OD. It consists of the remains of at least eleven houses, various outbuildings, including a corn-drying kiln and a possible small mill, together with several enclosed 'yards' and other field dykes. Cruck-slots survive in some of the buildings.

The settlement is on record as having existed from at least 1755 and it was abandoned by 1871. After its abandonment, the head-dyke which formerly surrounded the township's arable land was rebuilt, and the whole enclosure functioned (and continues to function) as sheep grazing.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains of the township as described and an area around them in which evidence relating to the construction and occupation of the site is likely to survive. It is irregular on plan, measuring a maximum of 210m NNW-SSE and 220m WNW-ESE, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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 rural settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM 55 NE 5.

References:

Gaskell P (1968) MORVERN TRANSFORMED: A HIGHLAND PARISH IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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