MHG959 - Broch, Tota an Dranndain


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

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Tota an Dranndain (NR) OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Tota an Dranndain: The ruins of a large circular construction, in the building of which stones of great size have been employed. It has been circular, 53ft overall diameter. The entrance has been from NW, measuring 2ft in width at its outer extremity, and the passage wall is evident on the right for a distance of 10ft; on left side, there appears to be the entrance to a chamber. The inner face of the wall is not visible. While in some respects the ruin resembles a broch, a number of large flat slabs lying exposed over the surface and certain other features suggest that it possibly is not one. It is 4 or 5ft in max height.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

The remains of this broch are generally as described by the RCAHMS. The overall diameter is about 17m, the height is 1.5m, and the wall appears to have been about 4m wide. The interior of the broch is a pile of grassed-over rubble.
Visited by OS (E G C) 10 April 1961.

(ND 0374 5792) Tota an Dranndain (NAT) Broch (NR) OS 6"map, (1963)

No change; there is the impression of a mural chamber in S side.
Visited by OS (J B) 21 July 1981.

Tota an Dranndain (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14548.

Tota an Dranndain (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG14549.

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, 106, No. 391 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0373 5792 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND05NW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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