MHG355 - Battle Site - Cul Na Croise


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  • BATTLE SITE (Undated)

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  • None recorded

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Centred 62 69.

Traditionally, the bays between Gortenfern (NM 608 689) and Sgeir a' Chaolais (NM 623 702) have been the sites of at least two battles. One is said to have involved the Vikings, while the other, because of the large number of spears, daggers, brooch, etc, datable to the late 13th century, and coin of Edward I, all found in Cul na Croise (NM622 698), may have been fought in 1297 between the forces of Edward I and Roderick of Bute and Lachlan MacRuari of Garmoran.
A coin of Charles II, musket balls, etc, found at Cul na Croise, may possibly indicate a later skirmish.
Large numbers of Viking nails and rivets from a ship burial (Information from V Hodzon, director, West Highland Museum to OS) at Cul na Crois were also found, in 1924, some relics being given to the West Highland Museum at Fort William by Lethbridge. Numerous other finds are owned by Mr Sandy Cameron of Gortenfern.
T C Lethbridge 1925; S Greig 1940.

There is now no local knowledge regarding the sites of the finds, nor of the location of the ship burial. The land between Gortenfern and Sgeir a' Chaolais is an area of shifting sands. The tradition of a battle is still known. Mr Sandy Cameron is now deceased and his collection has passed to his nephew Mr R Cameron, Kentra, Argyll.
Visited by OS (R L) 18 May 1970.

The 'boat-burial' identification (supra) cannot be confirmed.
RCAHMS 1980.

Iron nail, said to be of Viking type, from Gorten Bay, Ardnamurchan are listed in the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Museum catalogue under Acc. No. 1924.1326. These are likely to be related to the alleged ship burial found in 1924 described above.
Several other finds are also listed from Cul Na Croise: 1 button, 11 beads, brass pin and an Argyllshire Volunteers badge (Z 20846 A) and 12 iron arrowheads, fragment of iron knife and other metal objects (Z 20846 B). Some of these may relate to the possible battle and skirmish sites described above. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NM 6200 6899 (50m by 50m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM66NW
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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