MHG3683 - Clachnaharry Clan Battle Monument (Battle Site)


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  • BATTLE SITE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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This record now incorporates NH64NW0056 - cancelled. Photos taken by R. Murchison, 8/00 in Assoc. Docs.


Ongoing project to tidy this up and erect interpretation. R. Murchison is project officer. See Assoc. Docs.

John Wood

NH64NW 1 6455 4645.

(NH 64554645) Monument (On site of Conflict between the Clans Chattan and Munro A.D. 1454) {NAT}
OS 6"map, (1938)

This monument stands on the rocky face of a hill close to the village of Clachnaharry, and was erected by the late Mr R Duff of Muirton, in 1821, to mark the site of a conflict which took place AD. 1454 between the Clans Chattan (Mackintosh) and Munro.
The first recorded account (R Gordon 1813) of this battle erroneously gives the date as 1333, occurring shortly after the Battle of Halidon Hill, and this date is perpetuated in the Statistical Account (NSA 1845) and Pennant (as AD. 1341).(T Pennant 1774)
The Mackintosh Papers (Information taken from The Genealogy of the family of Mackintosh, AD 1680 {Mss documents compiled c. 1680}) contain details of this battle taking place in 1454, and is the most authentic record.
Name Book 1868; R Gordon 1813; NSA (Rev A Rose, A Clark and R Macpherson) 1845; T Pennant 1774.

Photographs of the monument and the view have been submitted by a member of the public. It is reported on the accompanying record form that the area around the monument has been cleared and that a new fence and railings erected in 2000 are in good condition. However the remnant of the original monument is weather worn and in need of restoration. <1>

Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 31, 5-6 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3363.

Pennant, T, 1774, A tour in Scotland, and voyage to the Hebrides; MDCCLXII, 209 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2617.

Weber, H (ed), 1813, Genealogical history of the Earldom of Sutherland by Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun, 46-7 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2273.

NSA, 1845, The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, Vol. 14, Inverness, 13 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2597.

<1> Member of public, 02/2008, Clachnaharry Monument (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG23703.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6454 4644 (2m by 3m) (Mastermap)
Map sheet NH64NW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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