MHG28405 - Bog Butter - Strath More
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- FINDSPOT (Undated)
- None recorded
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User: Admin, Date: Fri 10 Mar 2000
NC44NE 11 c. 45 46
In 1881 peat-digging in the 'moss of Strathmore, parish of Farr, Sutherlandshire' revealed a deposit of bog butter under 3ft (0.91m) depth of peat. It was encased in a wickerwork 'creel or basket' which was lined with birch-bark, the fibrous side next to the wickerwork. The mass of butter took the form of a cylinder measuring about 8ins (203mm) in daimeter and 9ins (229mm) in height. The container 'fell to pieces on drying' but the bog butter was analysed by MacAdam and deposited in the Duke of Sutherland's Museum at Dunrobin [Castle].
W I Macadam 1882.
Location cited as NC 45 49 and attribution to Farr parish discounted. The cited place-name of Casheldhu Dornadilla, Eribol is an apparent reference to Dun Dornaigil (NC44NE 3). [The 1988 edition of the OS 1:10,000 map notes Strath More between NC 45 45 and 46 47].
The bog butter is on display at Dunrobin Castle Museum, case 21 shelf A, where the findspot is said to be Casheldu Dornadilla. See attached photo taken by A. Macinnes. <1>
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Macadam, W I. 1882. 'On the results of a chemical investigation into the composition of the "bog butters" and of "adipocere" and the "mineral resins;" with notice of a cask of bog butter found in Glen Gell, Morvern, Argyllshire, and now in the Museum', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vo. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 204-23. 206, 220-1.
- <1> Collection/Finds Collection: Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH). 2019. Finds Collection At Dunrobin Castle Museum.
|Grid reference||Centred NC 4500 4600 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)|
- BOG BUTTER (Undated)
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- https://canmore.org.uk/site/127993 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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