Lot 18, North Erradale, Gairloch, Ross-shire, Scotland

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Location: North Erradale, Parish of Gairloch, Ross-shire, Scotlandmap
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Lot 18 is a small croft and house in a tiny rural hamlet in the former civil parish of Gairloch in the historic county of Ross-shire in Scotland.

The original crofters' cottage is no-longer extant, and the current house on the plot is likely to have been built on the site of the original croft. It is located at DMS co-ordinates 57°45'42"N, 5°47'17"W.

Location of Lot 18 in North Erradale. Detail from Ordnance Survey (1905) Six Inches to the Mile, Second Series, Ross and Cromarty, Sheet xliv. Map reproduced with permission of The National Library of Scotland.

The crofts in North Erradale were numbered and there were around 30 lots in the hamlet. In the middle of the nineteenth century, North Erradale was described as:

"A collection of Crofts and dwelling-houses, extending for about half a mile in length and breadth, situated near the sea coast two miles from Big Sand and eight from Gairloch Post Office. Property of Sir Kenneth McKenzie, Bart. [Baronet]." [Source: Ordnance Survey (1848-1852) Name Book for Ross and Cromarty Mainland, volume 13, page 5. ScotlandsPlaces reference: OS1/28/13/5].

People who lived at Lot 18 include: Donald McLean (c.1816-1898), his wife Jessie MacRae (aft.1818-1897) and their children, including Murdo MacLean (1855-1933).

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