MHG2422 - Hospital, Obsdale


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Type and Period (1)

  • HOSPITAL (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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Full Description

A lesser hospital or hospice is shown at Ousdale (ND 070 200), an alternative spelling being given as 'Obsdale'.
Cowan (Cowan and Easson 1978) equates references to 'Obsdale' in 1384, 1490 and post-Reformation with a 'Hospitale' between Helmsdale and Wick mentioned in 1290 (see ND13SE 54).
Further equation of 'Obsdale' with 'Ousdale', on unknown grounds, is presumably the reason for its publication on the map (supra). His sub-references, however, make it clear that the place referred to is in Rosskeen parish, in the Earldom and Doicese of Ross, and is in fact, the Obsdale at NH 665 699 (see NH66NE).
Orig Paroch Scot 1855; I B Cowan and D E Easson 1976; Information from OS map of Monastic Britain by I B Cowan 1978, 34.
See assoc. deocs file.

J Aitken : 06/03/01.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0700 2000 (140m by 140m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND02SE
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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