MHG15393 - The Doune - Rothiemurchus


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  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD) + Sci.Date

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NH80NE 88.00 8858 0977

NH80NE 88.01 NH 8849 0890 Lodge

The Doune, Rothiemurchus was one of twenty sites to have been part of the SCOT2K Native Pine Dendrochronology Project. One of the aims of this project included dating and provenancing of native Scottish pine timbers in buildings and archaeological sites and dates were found to range from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, from high-status castles to modest cruck cottages. They were mostly located in the Highlands where Scots pine occurs naturally and so these areas were more likely to have had native pine used in buildings, although an early example of long-distance transport is also identified. More widely in Scotland, many historic buildings are dominated by imported timber from the 15th century onwards, and native timbers may be under recognised, something the project is helping to address. At the Doune, Rothiemurchus, Scandinavian pine was surprisingly identified, and dendrochronologically dated to the 18th century, with a terminus post quem date of 1750 AD. Documentary evidence indicates the Rohiemurchus pinewoods had already been heavily exploited by this time, and very large timbers, as required for the Doune's joists, would have been hard to find locally. <1> Summary of results. <2>

See also:
NH80NE0030 West Lodge
NH81SE0011 Farm Cottages
JHooper, 11/2/2004

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Grid reference Centred NH 8859 0977 (20m by 20m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH80NE

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