Inishail and Clachandysart

Inishail and Clachandysart (or Dysart or Glenorchy)

Under Map Sources ‘Fairhurst XIII’ means Map XIII in the Appendix to H Fairhurst’s article in Scottish Studies (12) 1968. The maps are in Inveraray Castle.

Name Value Date Grid Ref Map Sources Other forms, comments etc
Clachandysart parish         Known also as Glenorchy parish or simply Dysart.
Castles 2m 1519 NN 1329    
Coir Orain 1m 1519 ? NN 2638 ?   In 1519 Correchworan is 1m but in 1540 & 1624 it is only ½m with Bra Glensra another ½m. I suspect they were treated as one in 1519.
Bra Glensra ½m 1540     = Braigh (or Upper) Glen Strae. See Coir Orain above.
Duiletter 2m 1519 NN 1530    
Tulich 2m 1519 NN 1429 Langlands(1801)  
Stronmilchan 4m 1519 NN 1527/1528 Roy (PC 24) 5m with Maynie in 1751
Moyane 1m 1519     ? from magh = plain or flat ground – so just W or SE of Stronmilchan?
Edendonich 3m 1519 NN 1627 Roy (PC 23)  
Larach-a’-phuill 1m 1519 NN 174277 OS(1870) 1m Laruchfulle(1540), also 2m(1540)
Craig 3m 1519 NN 1727 Roy (PC 23) 2½m(1540, 1624), 4m(1751)
Kantrochat 2m 1519 NN 189279 OS(1870) =Ceann Drochaid (or Bridgend)
Inbhir-Odhar 2m 1751 NN 2028 Langlands(1801) 2m with Craigare(or Craigave) in 1751
Achnafalnich 4m 1654 NN 2129 Roy (PC 23) 4m(1671), 2m(1751)
Molay 1m 1666 c. NN 2129 Langlands(1801) 1m(1751)
Catnish 7½m 1586 NN 2330/2331   MacLachlan property; 7½m with Larig(1586, 1622, 1670, 1700), 4m(1751)
Larigbeg 1½m 1751 NN 2433   Langlands marks Larigs
Larigmore 1½m 1666 NN 2433   1½m(1751)
Bochyle 3m 1537 NN 238307 Roy (PC 23)



Split into Easter & Wester (each 1½m) by 1654.
Cnoc an Tighe 1m 1571 NN 2534 Langlands(1801) All later valuations are 2m but these may have included Dowmark.
Dowmark 1m 1571     Only reference is OPS II, I p 143 quoting ‘Regester’ at Taymouth.
Invergaunan 1m 1666 NN 2736 Roy (PC 23)  
Arichastlich 2m 1659 NN 2534    
Inbhir-bhiocair 1½m 1571 NN 2635 Roy (PC 23)



Innervegir(1571), Inner Viggar(Roy), 1½m Invervigar(1751)
Inverveigh 1½m 1547 NN 285378

in OS(1870)



RHP 30419



Druimliart 3m 1659 NN 263414


Roy (PC 23)



Probably separate units of 1m(1537) and 2m(1547);

3m(1666, 1751)

Clashgour 1m 1571 NN 2342 Langlands(1801)

RHP 30419

2m with Lettirdochart & Arkine(1751)
Leitir Dhochard ½m 1571 NN 2142   3m Lettirdoquhart(1547) – probably including other properties. ½m Lettirothir(1571)
Arachan (½m) 1705 NN 2242   = Arkine(1705, 1714 & 1751)? 1½m with Ardvrechnish in 1705.
‘Craggan’ ½m 1571     Between ‘Lettirothir’ & ‘Innervegir’ in list.
Ardvrecknish 1m 1547 NN 2842 RHP 30419 2m with Blaravaan & Grasings of Corricheba(1751).

Blackmount in RHP 30419.

(Allt) Blaravon (1m) 1751 NN 2642 Langlands(1801) 2m with Ardbrecknich & Grasings of Corricheba(1751)
Coireach a’ Ba     NN 2347/2447   With Blaravaan & Ardbrecknich in 1751.
Achallader 4m 1567 NN 3244   GD 112/2/2/15 of 1680 implies this included sheiling of Leadmoir. 7m with Barravourich & Bracklie in 1656 & 1658.
Barravourich 3m 1665 NN 3345 RHP 30419 3m with Bracklie in 1665 & 1673. 3m with Leadmore in 1751.
Braclach     NN 338451 OS(1870) 3m with Barravourich in 1665 & 1673. See below.
(Torr) Liath-mhor     NN 3446   3m with Bartavourich in 1751.
Auch 3m 1547 NN 3235 OS(1870) Aychinchallane(1518), Auchanichalden(1547),

4m Auchinshicallan(1751). Gleann Ach’ Innis Chailein runs NE.

Auch was called Auch-innis-challain in OS(1870).

Allt Kinglass ½m 1537 NN 3235/3335   1m(1547)
Bracklade 2m 1659 NN 2938/3038 Langlands(1801) Brecklate(Langlands)
Arinabea 1m 1596 NN 2931/2932 OS(1870) Airidhnean Bhe(1870)
Arrivain 3m 1654 NN 2630 Roy (PC 23)


Airidh Mheadhonach in OS(1870)
Strone or


3m 1654 NN 2027 Roy (PC 23)


Stronmanessag(1654), Stronmanessach(1751).

Now just Strone.

Succoth 3m 1654 NN 2126 Langlands(1801) 2½m with Dulettir in 1661, 2m with Duilletir in 1751.

Socach in OS(1870).

Dulater/Dulettir   1661     With Soccoch above
Corryghoil 3m 1654 NN 1927 Langlands(1801)  
Brackley 2m 1565 NN 1726 Langlands(1801) See below.
Uachdar Mhaluidh or


4m 1654 NN 1725 Langlands(1801) 3m(1751)
Barr a’ Chaistealain 2m 1654 NN 1626 Roy (PC 24)  
Kinchrackine 4m 1596 NN 1427/1527 Pont(14) Kenchraggine(1751), Kinachragan(1765). See below.
Barran 3m 1751 NN 1624 Roy (PC 24) Probably = 3m Barrauche in AS II (834) of 1654. Barran now lies S of Teatle Water although in 1654 Barrauche was in Dysart parish and in 1660 Barren was in Glenorchy.
Ardteatle 6m 1654 NN 1325 Roy (PC 24) 3m(1751). See below.
Annat 1m       GD 112/2/5/2 is sole reference. Since it was formerly held by a vicar of Glenorchy it is not likely to be the Annat by Kilchrenan. Annat by Auch remains a possibility (NN 346380).
(Total of Clachandysart) 100½m        
Inishail parish         Assuming northern boundary is Teatle Water.
East side Loch Awe          
Blarchaorain 2m 1569 NN 1424   Shieling rights on Arivean in Glenlochie(GD 112/2/30a of 1664)
Achlian 7m 1633 NN 1224 Pont(14)

Roy (PC 24)

£5(7½m) land with Dowchailzie in 1633 & 1650. See below.
Dychlie ½m 1633 NN 1424 Roy (PC 24)


Inistrynich   1628 NN 1023 Pont(14)

Roy (PC 24)

Part of Achlian according to AS II (462-3) of 1633.


Bocard 2m 1628 NN 1221 Fairhurst XIII


Bovuy/Mowee 6m 1628 NN 1022 Pont(14)

Roy (PC 24)

March burns given in AS II (501) of 1634.
Cladich/Tirecladich         There is a belief that the MacArthur estates on the east side of Loch Awe were known as Tirecladich. (See M McGrigor in Kist 33 of  Spring 1987).
Drumurk 4m 1669 NN 095219 Pont(14)

Roy (PC 24)



Drumurk was often linked with Keppochane. There are references to ½ Drumurk(2m) + ½ Keppochane(1m) + ½ Ellankyrin in AS II (498) of 1634 & AS I (436) of 1660.


Keppochan 2m 1669 NN 0821 Pont(14)

Roy (PC 24)

With Illankyrine in 1669.
Barr an Droighinn 1½m 1529 NN 089221 Pont(14)

Roy (PC 24)


Probably equals Ballindrien of RMS IV (1592) of 1562.
Edinbosnechtane 1m 1629 NN 0818?   The first element of this name possibly survives in An Aodann in NN 0818. 2m with Auchcurroche(1628)
Accurrach 1m 1634 NN 1120 Fairhurst XIII 2m Auchcurroche & Edinboisnechtane(1628)
Ardbrecknish 4m 1621 NN 0621 Pont(14)


(Total of East Inishail) 31m        
West side Loch Awe          
Tervine 1½m 1633 NN 0826 Roy (PC 24) Terevinzie(1633). 3m with Ardeachine(1746, 1751)
Ardachyne 1½m 1562 NN 0924?   3m with Tirvine(1746, 1751). I cannot locate this place-name but geographically we might expect it to be the point in NN 0924.
Inishail     NN 0924/1024 Roy (PC 24) See below.
Tirevadich 5m




NN 076235 Roy (PC 24) = Hayfield
Larach Bhan 1½m 1620 NN 0723 Roy (PC 24)  
Achnacarron 6m 1628 NN 0522 RHP 962

Roy (PC 18)

Barbreck 6m 1604 NN 0422 RHP 962

Roy (PC 18)

Known as Barbreck-Lochaw to distinguish it from Barbreck in Craignish. Included pendicle called Pollinduich.
Poll an Dubhaich     NN 0227 Pont(12)

Roy (PC 18)

Part of Barbreck-Lochaw
Shellachan 2m




NN 0326 Roy (PC 18) 1½m(1542, 1594-5, 1686, 1699), 2m(1699, 1751)


Correwraneran ½m 1509     ½m(1542, 1594-5, 1686), Coribranderan(1686)
Fanans 5m 1509 NN 0229/0329 RHP 6216 4m(1751)
‘Dalyen’ 5d 1375     OPS II, I p 130
Fanthelan/Phantilands 5m 1509     3m(1725), 4m(1498). See below.
Ballimore     NN 0525 RHP 962

Roy (PC 18)

Part of Phantilands.
Ballibeg     NN 051257 OS(1870) Part of Phantilands.
Ichrachan 11½m 1529 NN 0030/0130 Pont(12)

RHP 6216

11½m(1633, 1640, 1728), 8m(1751). See below.
Barr Fail 2m 1601 NN 0128   Part of  Ichrachan.
(Total West Inishail) 45½m/15d        
(Total Inishail) 76½m/15d        
Elanewyr   1432     These 4 islands are all named as part of Glenorchy from 1432.
Elanduffeire   1432      
Elankylequhurn   1432 NN 1327   =Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll II No 293
Elanelochtollyff   1432 NN 290425   =Eilean Stalcair, Loch Tulla, Argyll II No 288
Total (m) 177        
Total (d) 15        



There are two places with this name in Glenorchy parish – as well as a Brecklate. There is a Bracklie (Braclach in OS(1870)) at NN 338451 which is associated with Achallader and Barravourich in the seventeenth century but for which I have no independent valuation. There is a Brackley at NN 1726 which is located by Langlands and which was worth 2m.



In GD 112/2/14/1 of 1765 there is reference to 1m Kinachragan commonly called the fisher’s markland with fishings on Lochow and ¼ of meadow of Cosh. In GD 112/2/14/24 (no date) there is reference to 1m Croftclarich and 1m Pouligreie, both in the west end of Kenchreckine, and meadows called the Cosh. (Perhaps on south side of river facing Cois Bhain in NN 1428). It seems that Kinchrackine was divided into 4 x 1m units. With regard to the east end of Kenchreckine we find Marg-a’-Mhuilinn (the Mill markland) at c. NN 157274 and Marg-dhubh (the black markland) at c. NN 154275 in Upper Kinachreachan in OS(1870). The variant spellings continue onto today’s map (Explorer 377) where the western part of the farm is now Lower Kinachreachan and the eastern part is Upper Kinchrackine.



In GD 112/2/14/24 (no date) there is reference to 2m Ardtetle called Marginradmore (&) Marginellane which are the individual marklands. A footnote on p 202 of HP IV (referring to a sasine of 1433-4) wonders if the water of Teatle was the boundary between Glenorchy and Lochow.



Boundaries given in detail in AS I (325) of 1650 – see also AS II (462-3) of 1633 & GD 170/87 of 1686. Probably equals £5 Auchawin in AS II (949) of 1657. Included Fraoch Eilean.



Part of Ardachyne according to RMS IV (1592) No 6 of 1562. Often linked with Barr an Droighinn (1529, 1588, 1630) and Ardachyne (1588?, 1604, 1630). These two farms (1½m each) must have maintained the priest. In 1588 Inishail included a minister’s house and ‘zaird’ according to TSES Vol V, Pt I, 1916, p 56 (quoting Argyll Charters).



5m(1751) included Creginine & Cretdachter. In Clan Campbell IV pp 393-4 for 1774 the 5m Phantilands is described as including Balliemore, Ballibeg and the croft of Craigenany. See HP II pp 155-6 for derivation of the name. Eilean Tighe Bhain (NN 043249) is just on the Inishail side of the boundary drawn across the waters of Loch Tromlee in OS 6″ Sheet CXII of 1871. (See also Argyll II No 289).



Eichterachin(1529), Ichterachim(1633 & 1640) where the first element looks to be iochdrach (nether or lower). However RHP 6216 marks Icch Crachan to the south of Crachan. OPS II, I, p 134 refers to 10m Eichtrianchin in 1601 and 2m of the same named Barrafailis. AS II (144) of 1622 refers to 2m Baraphaill with the inn known as Tynalone as part of Ichterachim. AS II (505) of 1634 says Barraphaill & the croft called Tynleine are pendicles of Icherachin.



The parishes of Glenorchy and Inishail include some Bo- or Both- names. These are rare as farm-names in the West Highlands but there is another significant cluster in Glen Roy (Lochaber).



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5 comments on “Inishail and Clachandysart
  1. Once again, thanks for this resource. I have found a reference to “Auchinchicallen” (Auch) as a 4m land, and “Breckled” (Brackley, associated with Achallader?) as a 2m land in a tack from 1721 (GD112/10/1/3/18). I can send you a photograph of the tack if that is helpful

  2. Graeme Macaloney says:

    Hello Denis
    I am an independent researcher investigating early medieval Argyll via an interdisciplinary approach encompassing genetic genealogy (my PhD was in Biotechnology from U. of Strathclyde). Your project is an invaluable addition to other recent advances such as PoMS, personal name research, etc. Thank you for this work!

    I understand your approach to using ‘march-burns’ as a probable delineation of parishes but wonder about the continuance of Inishail to include Loch Etive with the R. Nant as a boundary. From what I can discern from your Inishail section, and from, the 11.5 merkland of Ichrachan and 2 merkland of Fannans are both outliers w.r.t. Inishail and also on the north side of the watershed between Loch Awe and Loch Etive, whereas Shellachan is on the Loch Aweside of the watershed. Given the close proximity of Ichrachan to Kilespickerral a significant ecclesiastical centre, and also the local geography centered around Airds bay (see aerial photo:, I wonder about Ichrachan and Fannans inclusion in Inishail versus Muchairn?

    Given Colin Campbell died at the hands of the MacDougalls at a dispute resolution meeting (perhaps territorial) at another Lochawe-Lorne watershed, is your evidence for Ichrachan and Fannans inclusion in Inishail rather than Muchairn solid?

    • drixson says:

      Many thanks for your contribution which I read with great interest.
      My blog is primarily about land-assessment units: farms or settlement sites. I use parishes simply as a way of organising this data. Alternatives might have been to use baronies, lordships, area definitions or family estates. I chose parishes because they are early and may originally have been constructed from groupings of davachs. One immediate problem is that parishes themselves were dynamic. Over time they have amalgamated, disappeared, been redefined etc. Post-Reformation we sometimes know about these changes but there are still a great many questions and anomalies. I would always be prepared to accept revisions to parish boundaries. I think in Argyll I often followed the outline offered by the Argyll Valuation Roll. But, you are quite right, I would always tend to favour watersheds and drainage basins as defining the earliest boundaries.
      With reference to the very common place-name Allt na Criche or March Burn – often this would just be the farm or settlement boundary. Occasionally, it also supplied the davach boundary. In Argyllshire, establishing davach boundaries is complex. Happily, there are other parts of Scotland where eighteenth-century estate maps provide the evidence. With the help of lots of researchers who have that essential local knowledge we may one day complete the jigsaw. Thanks again.

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