MHG4649 - Castle - Tom Pitlac
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Type and Period (2)
- CASTLE (Medieval - 1058 AD? to 1559 AD?)
- (Alternate Type) MOTTE (Medieval - 1058 AD? to 1559 AD?)
Access Audit 114 - HAW 11/2003
NH91NW 4 9473 1963. Tom Bigla (NAT) Bigla Cummings Castle (NR) (Remains of) OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)
The remains of 'an ancient stronghold' called Tom Pitlac ( the hill of Bigla or Matilda), an oblong plateau bounded on one side by the Spey, and on the other three by a moat 8ft deep; on the plateau are the grass-covered foundation lines of a building about 70ft long. The name is associated with Bigla (Matilda) Cumin, daughter of Gilbert Cumin, Lord of Glenchearnach in the early 15th century; and the heroine of a number of local legends.
A Mitchell and J Drummond 1875.
Known locally as Tom Pitlac. The earthwork consists of a V-shaped ditch (not a moat) of clean-cut profile, and is probably medieval. At the E end of the enclosed area there is a near rectangular depression measuring about 8m E-W by 7m transversly, possibly the site of a building (? tower), but probing for signs of walling was inconclusive. It is possible that this is a motte.
Surveyed at 1/2500
Visited by OS (R L) 8 November 1966.
BAS Local Plan, Sept. 1997: P19/2.5.14. Archyl. Sites.
J Aitken : 24/05/01.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Yeoman, P A. 1988. 'Mottes in Northeast Scotland', Scot Archaeol Rev Vol. 5 1988, p.125-33. Scot Archaeol Rev. 125-33. 131, no. 82.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Mitchell, A and Drummond, J. 1874. Vacation notes in Cromar, Burghead, and Strathspey. Including notice of one of the supposed burial-places of St Columba. Proc Soc Antiq Scot Volume 10. 603-89. 671-2, 675.
- --- Image/Photograph(s): Tom Pitlac. Colour Slide; Digital Image. .
|Grid reference||Centred NH 9472 1964 (112m by 103m)|
|Civil Parish||DUTHIL AND ROTHIEMURCHUS|
|Geographical Area||BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY|
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External Links (2)
- http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/SM9110 (Online designation description (Historic Environment Scotland))
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/15397 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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