MHG12875 - Gold Coin, Lochan Hakel


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Spanish Gold Coin found AD1840 (NR) OS 6" map (1961)

'A gold coin now in Dunrobin Museum was taken out of Lochan Hacoin (Lochan Hakel) in the cleft of a cow's hoof. It is Spanish and probably connected with the wreck of an Armada ship, some of whose guns are still at Tongue (NC59 56)'.
Name Book, 1874

In 1746, the 'Hazard', a French war sloop carrying money to Prince Charles Edward, was run ashore at Melness (NC58 60) to escape capture by pursuing cruisers. The crew, in trying to make their way south overland with their treasure, were intercepted by the MacKays at Loch Hacon. The Frenchmen, seeing there was no chance of escape, threw the greater part of the money into the loch. Several of the country people found some of it afterwards, and an odd coin has sometimes been found since.
H Morrison 1883

No further information from local sources.
Visited by OS (NKB) 7 November 1978

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Grid reference Centred NC 5694 5262 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC55SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

Finds (1)

  • COIN (Undated)

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