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Strathyre, Tigh-Na-Sheann

A Category C Listed Building in Balquhidder, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.3271 / 56°19'37"N

Longitude: -4.3328 / 4°19'57"W

OS Eastings: 255850

OS Northings: 717413

OS Grid: NN558174

Mapcode National: GBR 0W.5BMG

Mapcode Global: WH3LX.F70D

Entry Name: Strathyre, Tigh-Na-Sheann

Listing Date: 6 September 1973

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 335421

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4193

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Balquhidder

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Parish: Balquhidder

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Description

Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Probably mid-late 18th century with later alterations and 1953 extension to rear. Single storey longhouse comprising 3-bay cottage with central door and 2-bay byre (now part of domestic accommodation) to N. There is an ancillary shed with corrugated iron roof adjoining the N gable and a small 1953 extension to the rear. There is a substantial stone porch with a slated roof. Short stone ridge stacks mark the original extent of the domestic part of the cottage. This cottage is an interesting and relatively little-altered example of 18th century vernacular architecture, and was possibly the birthplace of the Gaelic Poet, Dugald Buchanan (see Notes).

Materials: late 20th century timber front door. Timber casements with predominantly 6-pane glazing. Very thick rubble walls on a boulder base. Small graded grey Scottish slates. Velux windows at rear.

Statement of Interest

The name of the house is alternatively spelt Tigh-na-Shian. It is situated in the West side of Strathyre, on the Stoneslaney Road. Tigh-Na-Sheann was previously the miller's cottage. The mill, which is shown on Stobie's map of 1783, was situated on the stream a few yards to the South of the cottage but was demolished in the 20th century. The very thick walls and irregularly-spaced windows indicate that the cottage was built in the 18th century. It is noted that the door of the cottage is set slightly off-centre with a large room to the right and a smaller room to the left. This is a common arrangement in 18th century cottages: the larger room would have functioned as a general living room and kitchen, while the smaller room would have been used as a bedroom or parlour. The room at the N end of the cottage would have been used as a cow byre: the larger of the 2 windows has been created by filling in a doorway.

The Gaelic poet, Dugald Buchanan is known to have been born at Ardoch Mill: as this was the mill-keeper's cottage, he was presumably born here. There is a monument to Buchanan on Stathyre Main Street: see its List Description for more information on Buchanan's life.

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