Morar  Inverness Shire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Morar like this:

Morar, a territorial district and a lake of W Inverness-shire. The district is bounded N by Loch Nevis, E by the district of Lochiel, S by Arasaig, and W by the Sound of Sleat. Its utmost length, from E to W, is 19 miles; and its breadth varies between 4 and 9. Loch Morar bisects a great part of it lengthwise, and divides it into two nearly equal sections, which are called respectively North and -South Morar. ...

The lake, which is 11¾ miles long and from 5 furlongs to 1¾ mile broad, is overhung nearly all round, and, at a very brief distance, by water shedding Highland heights. Its foot is ' very prettily wooded-a pleasant contrast to the wilder scenery of the upper end. The shore here is much indented; and there are two or three picturesque islands, on the largest of which, in the hollow of a tree, Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, found a hiding-place in June 1746.' On the E Loch Morar is fed by streamlets coming from the lochlets Beoraich and Anamack; and it discharges its superfluence on the W by a stream of only a few furlongs in length into a small bay. Its waters contain good store of salmon, sea-trout, and loch trout. North Morar belongs to the parish of Glenelg, South Morar to that of Ardnamurchan; and both are included, in a large sense, in the comprehensive district of Lochaber. Morar is mainly peopled by Roman Catholics; and in 1837 was provided, by voluntary subscription, with a new Roman Catholic chapel at Bracara. Morar, 43 miles WNW of Fort William, is the seat of Eneas Ronald Macdonell, Esq. (b. 1822), who holds 3000 acres in Inverness-shire, valued at £671 per annum. See an article by Capt. T. P. White on p. 634 of Good Words (1874).

Morar through time

Morar is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Morar itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Morar, in Highland and Inverness Shire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 05th December 2021

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