MHG1371 - Possible Broch, Olrig House


Possible Iron Age Broch which has also been interpreted as a cairn and mound.

Type and Period (2)

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

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'Broch'. Dimensions: 48 x 46m. Subcircular grass-covered mound, ploughed into on the NE and NW flanks.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

A turf-covered, bowl-shaped mound as described above. No stones are exposed, and the turf mantle is indistinguishable from the surrounding ground. There are no diagnostic features exposed to enable classification.
Visited by OS (N K B) 10 March 1982

Mound (NR) OS 6" map, (1970)

A low mound as described above. No stones are visible, but it is probably a cairn.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 18 February 1965

Broch (NR) OS 6" map, (1960)

Classified as an uncertain broch. A Graham 1949

Broch (supposed), Olrig House: A large grassy mound, it has been much spread through being at one time under cultivation, and now has a diameter of c120ft and a height of about 7ft. It is probably a broch, but no part of the structure is visible (RCAHMS 1911).

ND16 11 OLRIG HOUSE ('Olrig') ND/1890 6628
Possible broch in Olrig, Caithness, consisting of a large grassy mound about 40m in diameter and spread out by past cultivation; no parts of any building are visible.
Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 16 NE 14: 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 88, no. 323: 3. Anderson 1890, 184. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 1889 6627 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND16NE
Civil Parish OLRIG
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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