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Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire

Historical Description

CLACHNAHARRY, a village, in the parish and county of INVERNESS, 1 mile (W.) from Inverness, containing 260 inhabitants. This place is situated on the shore of Beauly loch, a continuation of the Moray Firth. It takes its name from a rocky eminence now called the Watchman's Stone: on this eminence sentinels were anciently placed, to give intelligence of the approach of any hostile forces of the neighbouring clans; and in commemoration of one of the numerous conflicts that occurred here, a lofty column was erected on the spot by the late H. R. Duff, Esq., of Muirtown. The village forms a suburb to the burgh of Inverness, and is much resorted to for the wildly romantic scenery, and the numerous interesting features, in its immediate vicinity. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in fishing, and in the building of boats, for which its situation near the union of the Caledonian canal with the Firth renders it peculiarly appropriate. A small pier has been constructed near the sea-lock of the canal, greatly to the benefit of the place and neighbourhood.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis