MHG14289 - Chambered cairn - Scotsburn Wood (Cairn C)


A chambered cairn in Scotsburn Wood.

Type and Period (1)

  • CHAMBERED CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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One of a number of cairns in Scotsburn Wood. Originally recorded as Cairn C. On the OS 1st Edition map the cairn is located some 70m to the southwest (at approx 272819 876729) of its apparent location on the ground (which is rather odd given the general accuracy of these maps). The NGR is based on the latter.

". . . traditionally said to indicate an ancient battle between some Scottish forces and the Danes." <1>

Carn nam Marbh (Dead Men's Cairn): This cairn and those in Scotsburn Wood are almost certain to mark the site of a battle. Neighbouring names are: "Lochan a' Chlaidheimh" - Sword Lochlet, and Bearnas a' Chalaidheimh" - Sword Cleft. <2>

NH77NW 5 726 766.

A: (NH 7304 7644) Cairn (NR), B: (NH 7300 7649) Cairn (NR), C: (NH 7282 7673) Cairn (NR), D: (NH 7260 7687) Cairn (NR), E: (NH 7218 7679) Cairn (NR) and F: (NH 7220 7669) Site of Cairn (NR)
OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

In the area centred NH 7261 7667 on the S-facing slopes of Beinn an Lochain are, or have been, six cairns in the positions given. All are in an area that has been fairly recently reafforested.
Cairn C is 13m N-S and has a fairly level top now of bare stone. The perimenter is covered (heather) except on S side where cairn is now skirted by a forestry road. The greatest height of cairn is 1m.
Visited by OS (R D L) 17 May 1963.

The cairn was Scheduled in 1971.

Cairn C: 15.5m diameter and 1.2m high, truncated in S by a forestry road. The centre has been partially removed but there is no trace of a chamber.
Re-surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (JS) and (AA) 14 3 1973.

See also <3>

The monument was re-scheduled by Historic Scotland in 2002 to take better account of its actual location on the ground.

The GIS spatial data was amended in 2017 according to its location and extent on OS MasterMap. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NH 7288 7675 (40m by 40m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH77NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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