MHG33350 - Hanging Bowl - Castle Tioram


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

See also:
MHG4028 - Castle

NMRS Notes:

NM67SE 1 6621 7243.
Castle Tioram (NR) (In ruins).
OS 6"map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1901)

The castle on Eilean Tioram is first mentioned in a charter of 1372. It was garrisoned by the government in the E 18th century and burned down in 1715. It consists of a massive pentagonal curtain wall. Occupying the whole summit of the rock, within which is a range of stone buildings of which the earliest is the keep, 16th century; the South range was added about 1600 followed by later additions and modifications (Simpson 1954).
Before 1928 the remains of a 5th c bronze hanging-bowl were recovered from a kitchen-midden at Tioram. It is 6 1/2" in diameter and spun from a single piece of bronze. Now in the West Highland Museum (Kilbride-Jones 1937).
W D Simpson 1954; M E M Donaldson 1923; H E Kilbride-Jones 1937.

Castle Tioram, as described and planned by Simpson. About 8.0m NW of the gable of the castle is a cleft in the rock which has almost certainly been used as a midden for the castle, otherwise no further information regarding the find spot of the hanging bowl which is still in the West Highland Museum.
Visited by OS (R L) 3 June 1970.

The hanging-bowl dates within the 5th to 8th centuries but is late, perhaps 7th century.
Information from R B K Stevenson, Keeper, NMAS.

The hanging bowl rim is on display at West Highland Museum. WHM 110. <1>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NM 6621 7243 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM67SE
Geographical Area LOCHABER

Finds (1)

  • HANGING BOWL (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)

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