MHG6994 - Castle Findlay

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Type and Period (2)

  • FORT (Early Iron Age to Pictish - 550 BC? to 900 AD?)
  • VITRIFIED STONE (Early Iron Age to Pictish - 550 BC? to 900 AD?)

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Full Description

NH85SE 7 8880 5140.
Castle Findlay (NAT) Vitrified Fort (NR) OS 6" map, (1959)
Castle Finlay (NR) OS 6" map, Nairnshire, 2nd ed., (1906)

"Castle Finlay" (spelling confirmed) a partly vitrified fort with outworks on knoll in fork of 2 streams. It is oval plan measuring c33m N-S by c16m transversely within a turf-covered wall of rubble stones spread to c6m in which occasional burnt stones and a few small pieces of vitrified stone can be seen. The entrance is not evident.
The fort is surrounded at a lower level by a ditch, average width c3m and depth c1m, scarped into slope with upcast forming an outer rampart c3.5m wide and c1m high. This defence is broken at two places, in E where there is a declevity leading down slope from fort to a water-hole or cistern, and in N where defence is offset. Outside latter is a hornwork probably protecting entrance which was almost certainly in this quarter.
A modern footpath is constructed through the defence in the SW.
Surveyed at 1/2500 (Visited by OS {R D} 26 November 1965).
R W Feachem 1963; Visited by OS (R L) 14 January 1971.

Castle Findlay [NAT] Fort [NR] OS 1:10,000 map, 1980.

Information from ARCH Community Timeline Project: Auldearn:
Also sometimes spelled Castle Finlay.

Add to bibliography:

Anderson, George 1857. 'On certain Vitrified [and Unvitrified] Forts in the neighbourhood of Loch Ness and the Moray Firth,' Archaeologica Scotica v. 4, pp. 196-7. <1>

This site was included in the Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland online database. See link below for site entry. <2>

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NH 8880 5140 (154m by 188m)
Map sheet NH85SE
Civil Parish NAIRN
Geographical Area NAIRN

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