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Type of record:Monument
Name:Broch, Dun Chealamy

Grid Reference:NC 7199 5140
Map Sheet:NC75SW
Civil Parish:FARR
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND

Monument Types

  • BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 5632: Dun Chealamy, broch

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG10718
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 6363
  • NMRS Record Details: NC75SW9 DUN CHEALAMY
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NC75SW0009

Full description

(NC 7199 5140) Dun Chealamy (NAT) Broch (NR)

Dun Chealamy, heavily-robbed remains of a broch (RCAHMS 1911 and OS {JLD}) or dun (Young 1964), situated on end of a spur and so naturally defended on all sides except SW, which has an outwork consisting of double rampart with one (Young 1964) or two (OS {JLD}) ditches. Although site is mutilated sufficient remains of the wall faces to establish a width of between 3.7m and 4.3m, and an internal diameter of 7m. The masonry is poor and no entrance is visible. The ditches are 12m broad and 2m deep, and both ends of inner ditch have been built up with stone (Young 1964). The ditch contains footings of later structure, 12m by 4m.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; A Young 1964; Visited by OS (JLD) 6 May 1960.

Dun Chealamy is broch with outworks as described by previous field investigator. Traces of a mural gallery are exposed in rubble of broch in SW arc. There are gaps between natural slopes & either end of outworks, one or both of which must be an entrance approach; there is no trace of stone revetting noted by Young (1964). Visited by OS (N K B) 17 January 1979.

Carnachy b, e & Dun Chealamy (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17832.

Dun Chealamy (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17828.

Dun Chealamy (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15047.

Dun Chealamy (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15048.

Dun Chealamy (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG15481.

Dun Chealamy (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17825.

Dun Chealamy & Carnachy (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17829.

Dun Chealamy, cairn. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17824.

Dun Chealamy, wall rear. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17827.

Dun Chealamy, wall. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17823.

Dun Chealamy, wall? (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17822.

Dun Chealamy/Earthworks. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG17826.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 60, No. 179 (Text/Report). SHG2657.

Young, A, 1964, 'Brochs and duns', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 95 1961-2, p.171-98, 189 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG293.

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