MHG646 - Execution Site, Gallow Hill


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Type and Period (2)

  • EXECUTION SITE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Alternate Type) COMMEMORATIVE STONE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

(Name: ND 1055 6858) Gallow Hill (NAT)
OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Gallow Hill: A slight eminence situated about half a mile W of Thurso. MacKay (1829) mentions: "There was a large stone on this hill at one time and it was erected to commemorate the hanging of the last two of the band of Highlandmen who took part in a skirmish in Thurso, between Donald Macalister, an Irishman who fought under Montrose, and the Thurso men. This affair happended on a Sunday in the year 1649".
Name Book 1872; R MacKay 1829.

No evidence of antiquity is to be seen on Gallow Hill.
Visited by OS (W D J) 17 April 1962.

The area is now covered by a housing scheme.
Visited by OS (J M) 24 September 1981.

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Grid reference Centred ND 1049 6850 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND16NW
Civil Parish THURSO
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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