MHG11646 - Battle Site; Earl's Cross Road; Dornoch


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Type and Period (1)

  • BATTLE SITE (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A battle was fought a short distance east of Dornoch in 1259 between the Scots and the Norsemen, who were defeated and driven back to their ships at Little Ferry (NH 80 95).
A stone, Clach-an-righ, no longer extant, marked the site of the fall and burial of the Norse leader. Gordon (Macfarlane 1906-8) describes it as being not unlike NH89SW 2, the Earl's Cross, and says that it stood about a mile from Dornoch at Embo.
'Divers burials' are said to have been visible beside the stone in the time of James VI.
A Gunn and J MacKay 1897; J Mackay 1897; W Macfarlane 1906-8; A MacGregor 1907; Dornoch Guide nd.

No further information Visited by OS (A A) 23 March 1971.

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Grid reference Centred NH 8099 9099 (50m by 50m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH89SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish DORNOCH

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