MHG8485 - Portmahomack Harbour


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  • HARBOUR (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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NH98SW 28 914 846.

ARCHITECT: Thomas Telford (1803-21)

Easter Ross Local Plan, July 1992:P71/7.27. POLICY - The Council will safeguard existing facilities at the harbour for fishing and recreational sailing interests.
J Aitken : 06/06/01.

Thomas Telford, 1813-16 possibly incorporating earlier work; L-plan pier to north with ramped pier to south, both of coursed squared rubble. Consists of a ramped ferry pier [to the S] and an L-plan fishing pier [to the N], both well constructed of coursed rubble. <1><2>

The harbour was used in the filming of a World War II propoganda film, using extras from the local community. Filmed in 1942, and released in 1943, it uses Portmahomack as a Norwegian fishing village under occupation. A photograph was taken illicitly of some of the cast by Mrs MacKay, a 19-year-old Women's Auxiliary Air Force wireless operator at the nearby Tain firing range. <3><4>

Taylor, A, 02/2010, A Collection of Highland Buildings and Monuments (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG25366.

Graham, A and Gordon, J, 1988, 'Old harbours in northern and western Scotland', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, Vol 117 (1987), pp 265-352, 284-5, 346 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1309.

<1> RCAHMS, Canmore, online database of the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), Canmore ID 15652 (Interactive Resource/Online Database). SHG23282.

<2> Historic Scotland, Information Supplementary to the Statutory List (This information has no legal significance), HB Number 14092 (Dataset). SHG24041.

<3> MacKay, R, 1942/1943, War-time Propoganda (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG23738.

<4> BBC News, 12/2008, BBC News Website Scotland: Family's secret 'German' picture (Interactive Resource/Webpage). SHG24966.

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Grid reference Centred NH 9149 8463 (103m by 137m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH98SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish TARBAT

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