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Type of record:Monument
Name:Chambered Cairn, Cnoc Freiceadain


A chambered long cairn with projecting stones suggesting the presence of internal structures.


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Grid Reference:ND 0132 6543
Map Sheet:ND06NW
Civil Parish:REAY
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS

Monument Types

Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 90078: Cnoc Freiceadain, long cairns

Other References/Statuses

  • Guardianship Monument
  • Historic Environment Record: MHG1219
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 7831
  • NMRS Record Details: ND06NW10 CNOC FREICEADAIN
  • Old SMR Reference Number: ND06NW0010

Full description

Standing Stones (NR) OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

This chambered cairn is 220ft long with two horns at the NE end projecting an additional 18ft and 30ft. A possible horn at the SW end projects 16ft. The SW end resembles a round flat-topped steep-sided cairn 8ft high and 53ft wide; from thence to NE end the cairn is about 35ft wide and 3-4ft high. Stones projecting from the cairn suggest a peristalith, a chamber, and cists or other structures (A S Henshall 1963), and these probably account for OS publication (RCAHMS 1911).
A S Henshall 1963, RCAHMS 1911. <1><2>

This turf-covered long cairn is generally as described above, but there is now no trace of the horn at SW end.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 18 November 1964.

(ND 0133 6542) Long Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, (1969)

No change. Visited by OS (J B) 8 August 1981.

Close-Brooks, J, 1986, Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands, 167-8, No. 96 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2053.

Davidson, JL and Henshall, A S, 1991, The chambered cairns of Caithness: an inventory of the structures and their contents, 107-8, no. 18; plan (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2115.

<1> Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, 56, 58, 75-7, 102, 267, CAT 18; plan, fig. 40 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.

<2> 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, 102, No. 370 (Text/Report). SHG2657.

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MHG1220Related to: Chambered Cairn, Na Tri Sithean (Monument)

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