MHG792 - Homestead, Torr Nan Dearcag


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  • HOMESTEAD (Undated)

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  • None recorded

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Torr nan Dearcag (Mound) (NR)
OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

The foundations of a large circular construction, plan of which is quite indefinite. There appears, however, to have been a circular enclosure measuring internally some 32ft by 34ft within which are indications of sub dividing walls. On W, the enclosing wall, instead of completing circle, is carried by N to the SSE, passing E wall of the enclosure, some 17ft distant, thus forming a spiral figure. The whole construction measures some 78ft by 90ft over all.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

Remains of this feature are generally as described by RCAHMS. It is probably a hut circle with an attached enclosure.
Visited by OS (W D J) 15 April 1962.

Torr nan Dearcag (NAT) Enclosure (NR) OS 6"map, (1963)

Torr nan Dearcag applies to a rise containing amorphous remains of an enclosure with an attached, semi-enclosing, bank. It may be remains of a homestead.
The enclosure measures approximately 14m diameter over a turf covered mutilated bank with no details exposed; NW arc is overlaid by a turf-covered footing, 7m by 3m, NW side of which is in the line of a later, probably early-modern bank crossing site. The interior of enclosure is an uneven and disturbed overgrown rubble-spread. The attached bank extends from W exterior of enclosure around N to a maximum distance of 13m, and comes down E side a minimum 7m out to continue some 20m down-slope, to end in the margin of damp ground; an early-modern field bank which is clearly later cuts cuts across N sector of this bank. (c/f ND05NE 24).
There are no conclusive signs of associated land-use in vicinity.
Revised at 1:10 000. Visited by OS (J M) 2 July 1981.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 36, No. 121 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0810 5654 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND05NE
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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