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Howlin House, Eigg

A Category B Listed Building in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 56.9285 / 56°55'42"N

Longitude: -6.1446 / 6°8'40"W

OS Eastings: 147919

OS Northings: 789555

OS Grid: NM479895

Mapcode National: GBR CB6D.Q8J

Mapcode Global: WGZBL.L36X

Plus Code: 9C8MWVH4+94

Entry Name: Howlin House, Eigg

Listing Name: Isle of Eigg, Howlin

Listing Date: 11 February 1998

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 391726

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB44969

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Parish: Small Isles

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Late 18th century with minor alteration, late 19th century. 2-storey, 3-bay farmhouse, with bays widely spaced. Limewashed rubble. Door to centre masked by later gabled, red corrugated-iron porch; window flanking to left, door to right (to byre and hayloft); window to each bay at 1st floor. Blank gable to right. lean-to porch abutting gable to left.

Timber 4-pane sash and case windows, (1 hopper timber window to 1st floor front); boarded doors. Black corrugated-iron roof; coped skews and coped stone gablehead stacks.

INTERIOR: not seen 1997.

Statement of Interest

Dressler explains that Howlin (formerly Hulin) was one of 8 farms on Eigg leased to Clanranald tacksmen. The farm was leased in 1770 to Lachlan MacKinnon who, reportedly, built the present house with his son, Hector, after the model of Cleadale House (demolished): it was apparently the first house of lime and glass on the island, with a byre and hayloft at one end. It is believed to have been thatched until the late 19th century when the gable ends were raised. MacKinnon earned his income from a large flock of sheep and from kelping. The Statistical Account describes the house as the only one on the island with an orchard and walled garden.

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