In the late 17th century, Angus, chief of the Glengarry clan, took the title of Lord MacDonell and Aros, and the family adopted this name. In 1768, Duncan MacDonell became chief, but inherited an estate deeply in debt.
The 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (1873-75) shows that by the end of the 18th century the township had been abandoned, indicated by the white buildings. White indicates that the buildings have no roof.
Traditionally, tacksmen ran the land. They were often close family of the clan chief. Tacksmen were people who rented land from the chief and then divided it up and sub-let it to others. Duncan realised that, by doing this, the tacksmen made more money than they paid him. He raised rents and cut out these middlemen. Later he evicted farmers in favour of renting the land for sheep farming.
In 1786, John Kennedy of Laddie was served an eviction notice to leave the farm within six days. He chose to cross the ocean and join his kin who had settled in Canada. Others from Laddie followed, in 1802.
Stored in archives are the eviction notices that ordered John and his fellow tenants off the land. Records show, however, that people continued to live there until 1861. Later tenants were shepherds and farm labourers as Laddie had become a sheep run.
One of the buildings that remain at Laddie. © Hector Rogers
Hidden in several clearings within Glengarry Wood you can find the remains of Laddie township.
Today you can explore the remains of this township on the edge of Loch Garry.
The exact location of Laddie is grid reference NH 236 016.
The best place for parking here is Ciste Dubh car park. Note that the site is very difficult to access on foot, access is actually easier from the loch. We advise that only experienced walkers with map and GPS attempt to locate the site.
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.