MHG10843 - Dam, An Daman

Summary

No summary available.

Type and Period (1)

  • DAM (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC80SE 11 8639 0497.
(NC 8639 0497) An Dam (NR) OS 6"map, (1964)

In the 16th century the Sinclairs made a sudden raid into Clyne. The Sutherlands, taken unawares, retreated up the valley pursued by the Caithness men and took refuge on a small island in Loch Brora. The Caithness men immediately began to form a dam at the mouth of the loch and had nearly drowned the Sutherlands when they (the Sinclairs) were routed and chased away by the Clan Gunn from Kildonan; thus the Sutherlands were saved.
Since then this place at the end of Loch Brora has been called "An Daman" (the small dam).
J Mackay 1894; D MacDonald, A Polson and J Brown 1931.

An irregular line of boulders surveyed at 1:10 560.
Visited by OS (E G C) 7 April 1962.

The name An Dam and the tradition are still known locally. All that remains is an irregular line of spaced boulders completely submerged, across the River Brora.
Visited by OS (J M) 21 August 1975.


MacDonald, Polson and Brown, D, A and J, {1931}, The book of Ross, Sutherland and Caithness, Orkney and Shetland: descriptive, historical and antiquarian notes, 101 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2437.


Mackay, J, 1894, 'Sutherland place names', Trans Gaelic Soc Inverness Vol. 18 1891-2, p.183-208, 325-40, 336 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1593.


Sinclair B Calder, 1974, The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900) (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG364.

Sources/Archives (3)

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NC 8639 0497 (40m by 40m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC80SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish CLYNE

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (0)

External Links (1)

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.