MHG54070 - Medieval/Post medieval occupation, The Square, Dornoch


A number of features recorded during evaluation, predating the structural remains of the Sutherland Arms Hotel, built in the 19th century. Only limited excavation was possible, but these features might represent pre-clearance occupation in Dornoch.

Type and Period (3)

  • SETTLEMENT? (Medieval - 1058 AD? to 1559 AD?)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1058 AD? to 1559 AD?)
  • DRAIN (Medieval - 1058 AD? to 1559 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Initial evaluation at The Square, Dornoch, involved the excavation of 4 trenches. These recorded a number of features pre-dating the structural remains of the hotel, which likely dates from the early 19th-century.

A number of sandstone drains, walls and cobbled surfaces were recorded. It is suggested that the drains could represent part of a wider network of drains across Dornoch, as part of improvements to the sanitation of Dornoch during the 18th century. It is possible that the drains date to improvements made to Dornoch by the Duke of Sutherland between 1811 and 1816, whioch included the straightening the town's burn.

The cobbled surfaces could relate to a building shown on a map of 1811, but not of 1832. <1>

Further drains and a boundary, possibly pre-dating the hotel were recorded during further work carried out, archaeologically excavating foundation trenches prior to development. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NH 7987 8962 (14m by 34m) Approximate extent
Map sheet NH78NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish DORNOCH

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