MHG23303 - Farmstead, Allt na Criche, Breakachy Burn, Urchany
Ruined farmstead, kiln and enclosures at Allt na Criche, Breakachy Burn, Urchany
Type and Period (3)
- FARMSTEAD (19th Century to 20th Century - 1801 AD? to 2000 AD?)
- ENCLOSURE (19th Century to 20th Century - 1801 AD? to 2000 AD?)
- KILN (19th Century - 1801 AD? to 1900 AD?)
- None recorded
A farmstead comprising two unroofed buildings, one of which has an attached enclosure, and a short length of wall is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1876, sheet x). An unroofed circular structure attached to the building may be a horse-gang. The building, the enclosure and further lengths of wall are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1975).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 14 May 1996
The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) undertook an archaeological survey of Urchany in 2015.
Site V60; Allt na Criche settlement. The C19th settlement west of the Allt na Criche consists of extensive enclosure walls, a building, and a sunken area with perhaps a pond. On the estate maps covering this area there is no settlement shown until 1838. In the 1841 census there are three people living at “Aultnacrich”: Donald Mackay, agricultural labourer, Mary Mackay, and a 14 year old boy Finlay, presumably their son. We know from newspaper adverts that Urchany was used for sheep farming at this time. The settlement of two, possibly three, buildings lies at the northern upper end of a large enclosure bordered to the west by a stone dyke. A kiln, presumably corn-drying, lies just to the south of building A, with evidence of raised ground and walls between the two, suggesting that the kiln may have been part of a barn contiguous with the other buildings. <1>
1st Edition OS 6" <2>
NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs. <3>
- <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Spencer-Jones, R.. 2020. A NoSAS Survey of the Lands of Urchany: A Multi-period Settlement on the Braes West of Beauly: 6th-10th April 2015. North of Scotland Archaeological Society. Digital. p.17-20, Site V60, Figures 18-28. XY
- <2> Image/Map: Ordnance Survey. 1881. Ordnance Survey 1st edition 6 inch map: Ross-shire. Digital.
- <3> Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical: Get Mapping. 2009. Getmapping aerial photography 2009.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 4562 4547 (30m by 26m) (Buffered by site type)|
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Investigations/Events (1)
External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/109993 (View HES Canmore entry for this site)
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