MHG1097 - Broch, Borgue Langwell


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  • BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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Borgue Langwell (NAT) Broch (NR) OS 6" map, (1964)

On S side of the Langwell Water, about half a mile due S of the gamekeeper's house, and at the upper end of a small glen, are the remains of a broch known as 'Burg Langwell'. Some recent excavation has been done on the structure, and a gallery 2ft 8ins in width has been exposed on the S, which probably contains the stair, and on the W for a short distance a portion of chamber has been opened up through a break in the outer wall at one end. The diameter of the broch over all is some 48ft, and the thickness of the wall, where exposed above the gallery, is 10ft. The wall on the exterior is reduced almost to the foundation.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

The mutilated remains of a broch, overall diameter has been 17m. SW is best preserved where outer wall face can be traced at a height of from 0.1 to 1.2m; and here, within the breadth of the wall (some 5m) are exposed the remains of a gallery, extant for 3.2m long by 0.9m wide and 1.2m deep. On N side, the greater part of the broch has been demolished, leaving a mass of stones covering the perimeter. Adjacent to broch are footings of two buildings and associated enclosures of early modern date (ND12SW 48).
Visited by OS (J L D) 14 June 1960.

No change Visited by OS (J M) 26 November 1982.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph). SHG3587.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG3588.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph). SHG3589.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 53, No. 201 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 1026 2180 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND12SW
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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