MHG45367 - Blackpark: Iron-working and possible castle.


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Details from NH78SW0008 (sic) transferred to this record by JW 14.02.2000
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Blackpark is not near the sea !
John Wood 14.2.2000
67 83 is the right reference for Blackpark. ?
J.Hooper 3/11/1999
NH78SW 8 67 83.

The site of the castle of Edderton, erroneously supposed to be one of the two founded by King William in 1179, lies near the sea.
NSA 1845; Orig Paroch Scot 1855; R Bain 1899; J Noble 1909.

There seems to be some tradition that the castle was at Blackpark (Info from Mr Clarke, Edderton) (NH 67 83). But see also NH78SW 6. - Edderton Mains - thought to be the site of the castle of Edderton. The site commands a wide view of the Dornoch Firth and also the Meikle Ferry between Ross and Sutherland. But the rubble foundations of Edderton Mains do not have appearance of 12th century work.
Visited by OS (R D L) 16 May 1963.

NSR: 6 12 Code: N
NH68SE 9 676 832.

There are traces of iron-smelting on the moor of Blackpark. The spot is on a little knoll and is known locally as the 'Pictish Iron Work'.
ISSFC 1888.

Blackpark is now deserted. No likely knoll was seen in the vicinity of the farmstead.
Visited by OS (W D J) 13 May 1963.

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, Ross-shire, 440 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2597.

OPS, 1855, Origines parochiales Scotiae: the antiquities ecclesiastical and territorial of the parishes of Scotland, 416 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG342.

ISSFC, 1888, 'Excursion to Alness and Strathrory', Trans Inverness Sci Soc Fld Club Vol. 2 1880-3, p.317-23, 322 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG754.

Bain, R, 1899, History of the ancient province of Ross, 15 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1941.

Noble, J, 1909, Religious Life in Ross, 4 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2592.

RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region, 36, No. 333 (Text/Report). SHG2670.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6760 8320 (40m by 40m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH68SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish EDDERTON

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