MHG62158 - Building - Old Coulnabottach, Urchany


Ruined building, Old Coulnabottach, Urchany

Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

Full Description

The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) undertook an archaeological survey of Urchany in 2015. A settlement called Coulnabottach on an estate map in 1757 and Coul na Bodach on an estate map in 1798 is a consistent feature on all the estate maps and subsequent OS maps of Urchany. North of the current ruined buildings at Coulnabottach (see MHG62155) there is the old head dyke, then a modern post-and-wire fence, then an area of disturbed ground, 90m E-W x 50m N-S, on which can be traced a variety of archaeological features. The 18th and early 19th century estate maps seem to locate the settlement of Coulnabottach in this area.

Site B102; A Dwelling. This rectangular building constructed of turf and stone lies on a prominent platform. Orientated NE-SW, the low rounded walls, 1.5m wide and up to 0.4m high, are externally 12m E-W x 4m N-S. The SE wall of the building is deficient. Presumably the entrance was in this part. At the west end, identified in figure 167 as a 'scoop' (see MHG62163), is a curved bank open to the south measuring 1.5m diameter. The interior space is a shallow depression, hollowed out. This structure could have been a kiln. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 4485 4582 (15m by 12m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44NW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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