MHG12597 - Homestead, Borgie Bridge

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Type and Period (3)

  • HOMESTEAD (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)
  • (Alternate Type) CASTLE (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)
  • (Alternate Type) RINGWORK (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

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NC65NE 1 6711 5872.
Dun (NR) OS 6" map (1962)

Previously classified as a possible broch (RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; A Graham 1947) or a dun (OS {JLD}, visited 26 April 1960), this well-preserved earthwork resembles a defended homestead. It is situated on edge of a natural escarpment overlooking Borgie valley and consists of a semi-circular ditch averaging 8m wide by 2 m deep from which material has gone to form a flat-topped mound c18m diameter and 2m high. Ditch stops short of escarpment at both ends where there are slight counterscarps. A straight-edged but splayed causeway across ditch in SE measures 5.4 m wide on outside and 3.7 m wide on inner. Eccentrically placed on top of mound is a stone-walled structure so reduced that its shape cannot be determined with any accuracy. In S, where it is best preserved, several inner and outer facing-stones give a wall thickness of 1.6 m. The classification of site offers problems. The raised central mound constructed from material from ditch is reminiscent of a motte, but presence of causeway and eccentric stone structure argue against this. It would appear to be a defended homestead of uncertain date (cf. NC75NW 14).
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (AA) 21 July 1971

A defended earthwork of enigmatic type, as described and illustrated by the previous field investigators. This form of ditch is found occasionally in association with brochs (see NC75SW 9 and NC91NE 27), but apart from indefinite and insubstantial remains of a 'stone- walled structure', the summit area is clear of stone as is ditch. It would appear to be a ringwork of possibly medieval, or earlier, date.
Revised at 1:10,000 scale. Visited by OS (JB) 4 September 1978


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, No.185 (Text/Report). SHG2664.


Graham, A, 1949, 'Some observations on the brochs', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 81 1946-7, p.48-99, 96 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1531.

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Location

Grid reference Centred NC 6711 5872 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC65NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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