MHG13741 - Battery - Geo of Bedsdale, Harrow


The remains of a coastal artillery battery constructed around 1866.

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

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The remains of a coastal artillery battery constructed around 1866.

ND 2853 7422: Battery (2 guns) Magazine. <1>

An artillery battery of two guns, very neatly constructed and kept in good repair. A large 'flag stone' forms the target for volunteer practice in the neighbourhood. <2>

In 1866 under the influence of the Earl of Caithness, an Artillery Company was formed at Mey and shortly afterwards a second company was raised in Castletown. No doubt one of the company’s first tasks was to build a training battery and to apply for cannon to man it. The sketch of the batteries at Mey and Castletown shows that they are surprisingly complete and a mirror image of each other. The two cannon which ornament the front of the Castle of Mey probably came from the Mey battery; they have a bore of 6½ inches and a barrel length of 94 inches. These cannon have been heavily painted and it is not easy to read their identification numbers. The west one carries a George lV cypher with a date of 1820(?) which means it was rather an elderly piece when issued to the company. <3>

The site was Scheduled by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016. <4>

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Grid reference Centred ND 2852 7422 (30m by 30m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND27SE
Civil Parish CANISBAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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