MHG662 - "Picts House", E of Houstry Mains


Possibly the remains of a burial cairn or broch.

Type and Period (2)

  • CAIRN? (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 551 BC)
  • (Alternate Type) BROCH? (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Mound, Houstry Mains. Diameter: 22m. Circular grass-covered mound.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

This mound is as described by previous field investigator. It is situated on highest point in field and from its slightness and regularity it would seem to be a cairn rather than remains of a broch, though no stones nor any diagnostic features are exposed. (See also ND15NW 8.) Visited by OS (J B) 23 December 1981

Mound (NR) OS 6" map, (1970)

A low indefinite mound, situated in a nearly level pasture field, measures c22m diameter and 0.8m in height. It is almost completely ploughed-out, defying positive identification. From its situation it is more likely to be a broch rather than a cairn.
Visited by OS (N K B) 11 November 1965.

Pict's House (NR) (Remains of)
OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Site of an ancient 'Tulloch' or 'Pict's house'. Name Book 1872.

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Grid reference Centred ND 1403 5800 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND15NW
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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