In 1786, John Campbell and other tenants were evicted from the township of Daingean. The tenants had rented land to farm, but the landlord had new plans for its use.
Unlike nearby townships of Laddie and Bolinn, there is no evidence that Daingean's evicted tenants made the crossing to settle in Canada. We don't know what happened to them. The township, however, tells the story of what happened to the land after the evictions.
After the evictions
People continued to live at Daingean for over one hundred years after John Campbell and friends left. The land from Daingean and other evicted townships was brought together to rent as large scale sheep runs. These farms still needed people to work and run them. In 1841, Duncan Gillies and Alexander McDonald at Daingean worked as agricultural labourers.
In the late 19th century, the use of the estate land changed again. Deer stalking and forestry became the fashionable ways to make use of the land. From 1851, the records show a succession of gamekeepers living at Daingean. They would have looked after the estate's animals and land.
Today, Daingean is the best preserved and easiest of the three Glengarry sites to visit and explore.
The exact location of Daingean is grid reference NH 239 030.
The Daingean Trail is five miles out of Invergarry, on the A87, just past the Kinlochhourn turning. Turn right into the Glengarry Forest. The trail leads you on foot immediately round the site from the car park.
The trail was created by Glengarry Heritage Centre in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland and Highland Council.
All sites managed by Forestry Commission Scotland are open for you to explore. However, not all sites have paths or signage and some are a considerable distance from car parking. We recommend that visitors consult a detailed map and wear appropriate clothing.
Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.
Exploring the stones
Hector Rogers rediscovered Daingean in 1999 during forest clearance. Forestry Commission Scotland now preserves the site as an important part of the local history.
This detail of the 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (1873-75) shows that buildings were still in use (shows in black) in the late 19th century. This was where the gamekeeper lived
Daingean is across the waters of Loch Garry from Laddie. The 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (1873-75) shows their relative locations.
An important part of these farmers' lives was the corn they grew. Exploring the site you can discover evidence about how the corn was treated once it was cut and gathered at harvest time.
You will find the remains of a corn drying kiln. This structure contained a stone-lined circular bowl with a short tunnel, called a flue, leading into its base.
Drying the corn
The grain was laid out on sacks on a wooden frame stretched across the top of the bowl. A fire was then lit at the mouth of the flue and heat was drawn through to the bowl and up through the grain. It was important that the grain was dry so that it would not rot when stored. Farmers today still have to do this but use mechanical driers to achieve the same result.
The heating of the grain was a long process that needed to be carefully watched. Warm and cosy, the kiln would have been an ideal place for people to gather and share stories and music.