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Type of record:Monument
Name:Boath Short (Boath Chambered Cairns)


(photo by Graham Grant)  © Graham Grant(photo by Graham Grant)  © Graham Grant(photo by Graham Grant)  © Graham Grant(photo by Graham Grant)  © Graham Grant(photo by Graham Grant)  © Graham Grant(photo by Graham Grant)  © Graham Grant(photo by Graham Grant)  © Graham GrantView from southwest (photo by Roland Spencer-Jones)  © Roland Spencer-JonesView from south (photo by Roland Spencer-Jones)  © Roland Spencer-Jones


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Grid Reference:NH 5833 7395
Map Sheet:NH57SE
Civil Parish:ALNESS
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY

Monument Types

Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 6644: Boath, three chambered cairns NE and NNE of Easter Ballone Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG6353
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 12971
  • NMRS Record Details: NH57SE3 BOATH, SHORT
  • Non-Statutory Register (C)
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NH57SE0003

Full description

Stone Cist containing Human Remains found AD 1863 {NAT} OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 1st ed., (1907)

Short horned cairn with a polygonal chamber. Only about 600 ft NE of long cairn (NH 57 SE ) on top of a slight rise in same field. The centre is virtually undisturbed, roughly circular, of bare stones and still stands to height of about 10 ft. The edges are relatively low and flat, turf-covered, and give appearance of a substantial platform from which the central portion covering the chamber rises. Although the edges have been somewhat robbed in places, it seems probable that present form of the cairn is original, and the outline is still fairly clear. The passage is not visible on surface and from the chamber it can be seen to be blocked with rubble. OS 6" records 'stone cist containing human bones found here AD 1863'.
A S Henshall 1963; W L W Brown 1910; A A Woodham 1956. <1>-<3>

The remains of this short horned cairn are fully described by Henshall. It measures about 30m E-W by 46m N-S; the large polygonal chamber measures about 3.3m E.W by 2.0m N.S, and is 2.1m deep to the top of the rubble debris which partially fills it.
Re-surveyed at 1/2500. Visited by OS (W D J) 4 May 1963.

Chambered Cairn (NR) OS 6" map, (1970)

The cairn is as described above. It measures E-W approximately 38m to the horn extremities by approximately 34m at W end expanding to 46m across horns at E end.
Visited by OS (J B) 19 November 1976.

The monuments to NNE of Easter Ballone farm consist of remains of three chambered cairns of neolithic date (NH57SE 1, 2 and 3). The third, northernmost, cairn lies to NE of Cairn Liatha and is a short horned cairn with a polygonal burial chamber. It measures approximately 30m E-W by 46m.
Info from Hist Scotland, scheduling document dated 24 April 1997.

Photographs of this site were submitted to the HER by a website user, Graham Grant, in November 2009. The monument is as described above. The chamber is intact but the edges look very vulnerable to collapse. <4> <5>

The site was visited and photographed by R Spencer-Jones in September 2014. This is much as described by previous visitors, particularly AS Henshall in 1963. The surrounding area is now long grass, part of a grouse-shooting establishment. The central cavity is still open, with no obvious deterioration or stone collapse since the 2009 photos. <6>

<1> Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, 340, ROS 11; plan, 340, fig. 76 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.

<2> Woodham, A A, 1956, 'Boath', Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 1956, p.24-5, 24-5 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG279.

<3> Brown, W L W, 1910, 'Alness in the eighteenth century', Trans Inverness Sci Soc Fld Club Vol. 6 1899-1906, p.18-25, 20 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG152.

<4> Grant, G, 2009-11, Information and photographs of various HER sites submitted by Graham Grant (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG24575.

<5> Private individual, 2008-11, Feedback from website visitor, Graham Grant, 11/01/2010 (Text/Correspondence). SHG22709.

<6> Spencer-Jones, R., 2014, Photographs of Boath short cairn (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG26666.

Related Monument/Building records

MHG44767Parent of: Boath Short (Boath Chambered Cairns) (Monument)
MHG6361Part of: Boath Chambered Cairns (Parent); Balna Crotchen (Monument)

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