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Laudale Estate, Achleek House

A Category B Listed Building in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.6796 / 56°40'46"N

Longitude: -5.6043 / 5°36'15"W

OS Eastings: 179315

OS Northings: 760012

OS Grid: NM793600

Mapcode National: GBR DCJ2.5P9

Mapcode Global: WH0F4.WCFP

Entry Name: Laudale Estate, Achleek House

Listing Date: 22 June 2001

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395523

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48088

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Morvern

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Parish: Morvern

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Description

Late 18th century. 2-storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan, symmetrical tacksman's house. Harled, squared sandstone rubble.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 3 stone steps to central door; close-set regular fenestration, smaller wallhead-height windows to upper storey.

S (REAR) ELEVATION: irregular fenestration; two small windows to ground, single window to upper storey.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: blank

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: blank, coped rubble wall abutting to outer left.

4-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slates, lead flashing, overhanging eaves with exposed rafters to gable ends, coped gable end stacks.

INTERIOR: not seen 2001.

Statement of Interest

Former tacksman's house on the shore of Loch Sunart, within the Laudale estate. Part of a group of similar houses in the Highlands of this period, a Georgian box first developed as the standard form for manses and quickly adopted for other purposes such as inns, customs houses and homes for the newly emerging Highland Highland middle class of tacksmen turned estate managers, farmers, lawyers and military officers. Tacksmen had been the regional chiefs of the Highland chieftains acting as tenant and subletting and as military lieutenants. After 1745 and the onset of the first clearances the traditional role of the tacksmen was lost with many leading emigrating groups to America and Canada. Those who remained were often those closest to the chief, or landowner as they had then become, and found themselves with considerably more wealth and status as tenants of large and profitable farms.

Listed as representative of a disappearing and historically important legacy of the history of the Highlands.

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