MHG7988 - Broch - Dun Alascaig


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  • BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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NH68NE 11 6569 8682.
Dun Alascaig (NR) OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

Dun-faire-Cosgaidh (NR) (Site of) OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 1st ed., (1875)

On rising ground to S of Dornoch Firth are remains of a broch, variously spelt as Dun Alisaig, Aliscaig, Alascaig or Alaisgaig (Watson 1904) now almost totally destroyed. All that survives are about twenty earthfast boulders, a heap of stones and a triangular lintel stone 5' long (Young 1964).
In 1760 broch measured 30' internally, with walls 12.5' thick at base and battered externally, surviving to 15' in height. The entrance, c3' wide, had a triangular lintel stone. On each side was a chamber set back 8.5' from entrance and within a wall was a mural passage with stair (Kemp 1887). Maitland in 1757 noted three galleries. Cordiner giving a ground plan in 1776 records four oval-ended chambers. The broch was destroyed about 1818 (Watson 1904).
W Maitland 1757; C Cordiner 1776; D W Kemp 1887; W J Watson 1904; A Young 1964.

The overgrown remains of a broch known locally as Dun Alascaig. A single course of outer face survives almost intact around N and W arcs and intermittently elsewhere, giving an overall diameter of 17.3m. The triangular lintel stone is within E arc but it is probably not in situ and entrance is no longer evident. All other details are destroyed or masked by tumble.
Resurveyed at 1/2500 (OS {WDJ})
Visited by OS (W D J) 3 May 1963 and (A A) 28 October 1969.

'Little now survives of this broch, which was still standing to a height of 4.5m in the 18th century' RCAHMS 1979

This has been a desk assessment area.
J Wordsworth, SSSIs, Scottish Natural Heritage, 1993

This site was included in Mackie's 2007 'The Roundhouses, Brochs and Wheelhouses of Atlantic Scotland c.700 BC - AD 500: Architecture and material culture'. See link below to HES Canmore record which includes the chapter on this site. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 6569 8682 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH68NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish EDDERTON

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