MHG2097 - 19th century battery, Proudfoot

Summary

Training battery used by the 1st Company of Artillery Volunteers, raised in Wick, early in 1859.

Type and Period (1)

  • BATTERY (19th Century - 1850 AD to 1900 AD)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A four-gun battery for the drilling in big gun practice of the 1st Caithness Artillery Volunteers. Inside a parapet wall of stone, sloping embankment outward.
Name Book 1872. <1>

Destroyed. Visited by OS 17 August 1982.

The 1st company of Artillery Volunteers in Caithness, raised in Wick in early 1859, established a training battery at North Head. They practised by firing their cannon at targets moored in the bay. <2>

Shown as a revetment wall, with a cluster of buildings and a flagstaff on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map. Little changed by the time of the 2nd edition. <3><4>


<1> Ordnance Survey, Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 13, 190 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG3343.


<2> Watson, G, 1996, The Artillery Batteries at Mey and Castletown (Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol. 5 Number 8), Volume 5, Number 8 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG25033.


<3> Ordnance Survey, 1871-4, Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map: Inverness (Image/Map). SHG23389.


<4> Ordnance Survey, 1906, Ordnance Survey 2nd edition 25 inch map: Caithness (Image/Map). SHG23362.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ND 3818 5091 (47m by 23m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND35SE
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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