MHG62208 - Farmstead building - Gillie Phaeton, Breakachy Burn, Urchany


Ruined building, Gillie Phaeton, Urchany

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A farmstead comprising two unroofed buildings and an enclosure is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1876-81, sheet ix) and on the current edition of the OS 1:10560 map (1971) where another enclosure and parts of what may be a head-dyke are also shown.
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 14 May 1996
See assoc. docs. File.

J Aitken : 25/01/01.

The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) undertook an archaeological survey of Urchany in 2015. West of the Breakachy burn there are two or three buildings in a settlement called Gillie Phaeton on both the 1757 and 1797 estate maps. It was farmed by “Mr Nicol” on the 1798 estate map, consisting of pasture, ploughed fields, clearance cairns, a large rectangular enclosure and two buildings (B201, B202 - see MHG22965).

Site B201; Building, possibly house. This 10m x 5m building is orientated NW-SE on the east side of a low hill to the west. The walls are composed of layers of boulders and rubble 0.6m wide, standing 1m high at the SE gable and 0.8m high at the NW gable end. The external corners are rounded, and there is no evidence of fireplace, hearth, crucks or internal divisions. The 1.6m wide entrance is in the middle of the SW facing wall. Although it has the potential to be a dwelling, the lack of internal features and its SW aspect makes its more likely that this is an outbuilding of some sort. <1>

1st Edition OS 6" <2>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 4400 4467 (12m by 11m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44SW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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