MHG1932 - Cairnquoy Broch


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Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

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Mound (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

Near farmhouse of Cairnquoy is a circular wall a few inches above the ground: the supposed remains of a Pict's House.
Name Book 1872.

The remains of this probable broch consist of a grass-covered mound with overall diameter of 20m and a max height of 1.5m. On top of E side of the mound is a stretch of wall face 3m long and 0.6m high; the course of face of this wall can be traced round S of the mound by three single stones and two adjoining stones protruding from the turf giving the structure a circular shape, some 14.5m in diameter. The interior of the structure is turf-covered, with a few protruding stones.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (W D J) 23 April 1963.

No change. Visited by OS (J B) 19 August 1982.

ND34 4 CAIRNQUOY ('Pict's house')
ND/3309 4743
Probable broch in Wick, Caithness, consisting of a grassy mound with a diameter of 20m and up to 1.5m high. Traces of a circular wallface can be seen near the top of the east side, and they suggest the presence of a building about 14.5m in diameter, a little small for a broch.
Source: 1. NMRS site no. ND 34 NW 6. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 3309 4743 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND34NW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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