An ancient fortified dwelling constructed in a lake or marsh in Scotland or Ireland.
- Lochs, and Scotland has 30,000 of them, had defensive lake dwellings called crannogs, founded on timber piles.
- Other dwellings were built in lakes and were called crannogs.
- It is one of hundreds of crannogs in Scotland's 30,000 lochs, whose history has, until now, been rather neglected.
Early 17th century: from Irish crannóg, Scottish Gaelic crannag 'timber structure', from crann 'tree, beam'.
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