MHG62159 - Possible building - Old Coulnabottach, Urchany


Possible ruined building, Old Coulnabottach, Urchany

Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

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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 B106; A building, unknown function. Just SE of the track that leads from the old area of Coulnabottach to the peat workings in the north are three conjoined banks that could constitute the remaining walls of a building. The 3m north wall is a 1.5m broad grass bank, 0.6m high. The lower east & west walls, 4m long, are 0.6m wide, up to 0.3m high, with the southern part of the E wall being deficient. At the south, the end wall is constructed of two upright stones. At the northern end of the building, the interior is sunken, maybe a shallow bowl. If this is a building, it is small. Its function is conjectural. <1>

Note: Site not visible on aerial photographs so location approximate. (T. Blackie 3/11/20)

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Grid reference Centred NH 4484 4585 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44NW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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