MHG61238 - Farmstead pond, Allt na Criche, Breakachy Burn, Urchany


Possible pond associated with the farmstead at Allt na Criche, Breakachy Burn, Urchany

Type and Period (1)

  • POND? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A farmstead comprising two unroofed buildings, one of which has an attached enclosure, and a short length of wall is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1876, sheet x). An unroofed circular structure attached to the building may be a horse-gang. The building, the enclosure and further lengths of wall are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1975).
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 14 May 1996

The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) undertook an archaeological survey of Urchany in 2015.

Site V60; Allt na Criche settlement pond. The C19th settlement west of the Allt na Criche consists of extensive enclosure walls, a building, and a sunken area with perhaps a pond. On the estate maps covering this area there is no settlement shown until 1838. In the 1841 census there are three people living at “Aultnacrich”: Donald Mackay, agricultural labourer, Mary Mackay, and a 14 year old boy Finlay, presumably their son. We know from newspaper adverts that Urchany was used for sheep farming at this time. The settlement of two, possibly three, buildings lies at the northern upper end of a large enclosure bordered to the west by a stone dyke. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 4559 4549 (31m by 17m)
Map sheet NH44NE
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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