MHG62210 - Enclosure - Chisholm Land, Breakachy Burn, Urchany


Ruined enclosure, Chisholm Land, Breakachy Burn, Urchany

Type and Period (1)

  • ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A farmstead comprising two unroofed buildings 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 what may be a head-dyke is also shown.
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 14 May 1996

The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NoSAS) undertook an archaeological survey of Urchany in 2015. On a prominent platform, with reeds and marshy ground to the south and improved grazing to the north, lies these structures. There is an animal enclosure to the NE and a building, maybe a threshing barn with associated kiln, to the SW. Around these structures are a variety of dykes and ditches. All the structures are covered with rampant bracken in the summer, and even in winter it is hard to identify all the building walls and dykes.

Site B206; Enclosure. This sub-rectangular enclosure, is orientated SW-NE, with 1.5m entrance in the middle of the SE wall. The walls, with external dimensions 13m x 11m, stand between 0.5 to 1.0m high, maximal in the NE. Leading steeply up to the entrance, and just offset from it, is a sunken trackway with stone margins. The interior of the enclosure is covered with vegetation and rubble, so it is hard to determine if there is any internal division or structure.

1st Edition OS 6" <2>

NGR adjusted based on 2009 aerial photographs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 4432 4445 (18m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH44SW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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