Glenegedalemoor Lots

A small group of agricultural holdings, Glenegedalemoor Lots represent one of several similar agricultural settlements located between Bowmore and Port Ellen in the centre of the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides. Each holding comprised a house, barn and modest area of land, on a division created on desolate moorland by the local laird and became a distinctive feature of the island landscape. Glenegedalemoor lies between the Uisge Fuar and the Machrie River, 1¼ miles (2 km) east of Islay Airport at Glenegedale. These holdings were planned in 1828 and involved draining peat-bogs and improving the soil to provide land to part-time or non-agricultural tenants, some displaced from townships elsewhere. There are two similar settlements nearby; Glenmachrie Lots a half-mile (1 km) to the south southwest and Glenegedale Lots, lies a mile (1.8 km) to the north. These schemes seem not to have been very successful, perhaps due to the poor quality of the land, and were never fully settled as intended.

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