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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395523
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48088
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan
Traditional County: Argyllshire
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.
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.