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ID:MHG11983
Type of record:Monument
Name:The Ord North Chambered Cairn
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J Harbison, 05/2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsJ Harbison, 05/2004  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit - 3/7/03  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit - 3/7/03  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsSite Visit - 3/7/03  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsOrd Chambered Cairn  © D ScottOrd Chambered Cairn  © D ScottOrd Chambered Cairn  © D ScottOrd Chambered Cairn  © D ScottOrd Chambered Cairn  © D ScottThe north Ord cairn  © Douglas ScottThe 8th Nov rising sun shining into the Ord passage cairn 2009  © Douglas Scott

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Colour photograph  © Please contact Highland Council for details (File size: 1684 KB)
Grid Reference:NC 5733 0560
Map Sheet:NC50NE
Civil Parish:LAIRG
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND

Monument Types

Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1812: The Ord, chambered cairns, cairns, settlements and field systems

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG11983
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 4984
  • NMRS Record Details: NC50NE16 THE ORD NORTH
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NC50NE0016

Full description

NC50NE 16 5733 0560.
Chambered Cairns (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

The Ord, North. Formerly thought to be a short, horned cairn (Henshall 1963), this well preserved chambered tomb, on excavation by Corcoran in 1967 proved to be circular though flattened on SE side. 82ft diameter, edged by dry-walling and upright stones. Outside this level stone platform extends for 10-20ft. The entrance is on SE, through a low, narrow passage 14ft long. The chamber and ante-chamber are built of orthostats linked by dry-walling, with corbelled roofs 8-10ft high which have partly collapsed. After excavation chamber was covered with polythene and cairn material was replaced.
A S Henshall 1963; 1972; J Corcoran 1967; Current Archaeol 1972; Visited by OS (W D J) 20 June 1963. <1>-<5>

Well preserved chambered cairn as described by Henshall and Corcoran.
Resurveyed at 1:10 000. Visited by OS (N K B) 21 July 1976.

Surveyed at 1/2500. Visited by OS (J B) 16 March 1979.

Account of Corcoran's excavation and analysis of the finds with C 14 dates. Mention is made of an intrusive Early Bronze Age cremation burial associated with a Food Vessel.
N M Sharples 1981. <6>

Visible on AP Highland Council 2004 Lairg No 9 - clearly shows that cairn is circular with scatter beyond - HAW 8/2004 <7>-<9>

Site management plan for this area agreed in 2008. <10>

Noted during topographic survey. <11>

Photographs of lintels and the entrance to the chambered cairn were forwarded to the HER by D Scott in November 2010. <12>

Douglas Scott posted further photographs on the Highland HER Facebook page in May 2011, including one showing the rising sun shining into the passage on 8 November 2009. <13>


Wickham Jones C, The Ord, Lairg A Journey Back in Time (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3520.


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, 153, No. 443 (Text/Report). SHG2657.


Ketteringham L, 1997, A History of Lairg (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2376.


Wickham Jones C; Harden J, 2000, The Ord, Lairg: Archaeological Trail (Text/Publication/Leaflet). SHG2934.


<1> Corcoran, J X W P, 1965, 'The Ord, Lairg, chambered cairn', Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 1965, p.40, 40 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1702.


<2> Corcoran, J X W P, 1967, 'The Ord North, chambered cairn', Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 1967, p.53, 53 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1699.


<3> Current Archaeology, 1972, 'The discovery of multi-period tombs', Curr Archaeol Vol. 3 Sept 1972, p.281-7, 285-6 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1648.


<4> Henshall, A S, 1972, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 2, 578, SUT 48; Plan (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG358.


<5> Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, 326, SUT 48; Plan (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.


<6> Sharples, N M, 1982, 'The excavation of a chambered cairn, the Ord North, at Lairg, Sutherland by J X W P Corcoran', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 111 1981, p.21-62, 21-62 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1663.


<7> AP : The Ord North. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13390.


<8> AP : The Ord North. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13381.


<9> AP : The Ord North. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13380.


<10> Forestry Commission & Historic Scotland, 2008, The Ord, cairns, chambered cairns, hut circles & field system (Text/Report/Management Plan). SHG23375.


<11> Dalland, M, 05/2010, A Topographic Archaeological Survey of the Ord Prehistoric Landscape: Lairg, North Highland, Site HA10.1 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG24798.


<12> Scott, D, 2010-11, Photographs and information from Douglas Scott (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG25031.


<13> Highland Council, 2011, Highland HER Facebook page, Douglas Scott, 18/05/2011 (Interactive Resource/Webpage). SHG25262.

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EHG3256Topographic Survey of the Ord Prehistoric Landscape

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