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TITLE
Mound at Loch of the Clans
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_1862-1864_P332
PLACENAME
Loch of the Clans
DISTRICT
Nairn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
NAIRN: Croy and Dalcross
DATE OF IMAGE
1864
PERIOD
1860s
CREATOR
W & A K Johnston
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31545
KEYWORDS
crannogs
islands
buildings
defence
construction
lochs
artificial
zoomable

The area known as 'Loch of the Clans' is an extinct loch on the Kilravock estate in Nairnshire. The loch was found to contain the remains of crannogs. Crannogs were small artificial islands used as defensive homesteads or status symbols. Some crannogs were entirely man-made and others were natural islands that had been added to. The islands were constructed and inhabited as recently as the 17th century.
Most crannogs were either circular or oval with an average diameter of 15-30m. In general, crannogs in the Hebrides were made of stone while those on the mainland were usually of wood.

The crannog mound in this diagram was made of wood. Oak rafters were found that would have formed an upright roof along with walls made from the trunks of oak trees.

This illustration can be found in vol.V of the 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland', 1860-1862

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Mound at Loch of the Clans

NAIRN: Croy and Dalcross

1860s

crannogs; islands; buildings; defence; construction; lochs; artificial; zoomable

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (maps)

The area known as 'Loch of the Clans' is an extinct loch on the Kilravock estate in Nairnshire. The loch was found to contain the remains of crannogs. Crannogs were small artificial islands used as defensive homesteads or status symbols. Some crannogs were entirely man-made and others were natural islands that had been added to. The islands were constructed and inhabited as recently as the 17th century. <br /> Most crannogs were either circular or oval with an average diameter of 15-30m. In general, crannogs in the Hebrides were made of stone while those on the mainland were usually of wood.<br /> <br /> The crannog mound in this diagram was made of wood. Oak rafters were found that would have formed an upright roof along with walls made from the trunks of oak trees.<br /> <br /> This illustration can be found in vol.V of the 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland', 1860-1862