MHG3756 - Torbreck


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  • STONE CIRCLE (Undated)

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NH64SW 1 6437 4037.

(NH 6437 4037) Stone Circle (OE)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1906)

A complete circle consisting of nine stones, at a short distance from which are two other stones, supposed to be the remains of an outer Circle.
Name Book 1868.

The circle at Torbreck seems to have been interfered with in improving the field in which it stands. At one time three concentric circles, with a passage connecting the outer and inner rings were visible.
J Fraser 1884.

Fraser's plan shows a circular setting of nine evenly spaced upright stones with an external diameter of 17 ft. It does not appear to be part of a chambered cairn; Fraser suggested the stones had been moved but it seems more likely that it is a stone circle.
A S Henshall 1963, visited 11 April 1957.

Stone Circle:- A stone circle of 9 almost evenly spaced monoliths (maximum height 1.2m) with an overall diameter of 7.8m. A quantity of small stones lies upon the site, but these appear to be the result of field clearance. The site lies within a cultivated field. There are no traces of an outer circle.
Visited by OS (J L D) 22 March 1962.

Site remains unchanged.
EB 14/7/03

Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 31, 72 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3363.

Torbreck Stone Circle (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG18160.

Fraser, J, 1884, 'Descriptive notes on the stone circles of Strathnairn and neighbourhood of Inverness', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 18 1883-4, p.328-62, 356; plan, 355, fig. 22 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG537.

Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, 385 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.

Burl, {H} A {W}, 1976, The stone circles of the British Isles, 167, 359 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2004.

RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of North-east Inverness, Inverness District, Highland Region, 15, No. 83 (Text/Report). SHG2673.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6437 4038 (40m by 40m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH64SW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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