MHG3417 - Blar Nam Feinne

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Type and Period (2)

  • BATTLEFIELD (Early Medieval - 1000 AD? to 1050 AD?)
  • BATTLEFIELD (Medieval - 1400 AD? to 1500 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH54SE 5 595 433.

(Area: NH 595433) Blar Nam Feinne {NR} (Site of Battle fought here between Malcolm King of Scotland & Thorfinn, a Norwegian Earl)
Cairns {NR} Twice
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1906)

Blar nam Feinne is traditionally the scene of an early 11th c. battle which resulted in the defeat of the Scots and the death of Malcolm (Name Book 1872); and also as the site of the defeat of Donald Balloch in the 15th c. (W Jolly 1885) The cairns are supposed to mark the burials on both occasions. Wallace (T Wallace 1886) describes them simply as several cairns measuring from 12 to 21ft in diameter and from 3 to 5ft high, situated in the young wood east of Alt-na-Ceardaich not far from the road leading to Kirkton Muir.
T Wallace 1886; W Jolly 1885; Name Book 1872.

The tradition of a battle between Malcolm and Torfinn is still known locally at Blar nam Feinne. The majority of the alleged associated mounds have been destroyed by forestry operations; only about 20 remain and these are considerably mutilated. Composed of stones, they measure on average 6.0m diameter and 0.6m in height. They would appear to be field clearance heaps forming a minor field system, but afforestation has obliterated any trace of field walls or hut circles.
Visited by OS (N K B) 12 December 1966

No change to previous field report.
Visited by OS (R L) 13 April 1970


Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 52, 54 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3385.


Skene, W F, 1837, The Highlanders of Scotland: their origin, history and antiquities with a sketch of their manners and customs ..., Vol. 1, 111-12 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2808.


ISSFC, 1885, 'The Bunchrew district {excursion to}', Trans Inverness Sci Soc Fld Club Vol. 1 1875-80, p.79-82, 81 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1627.


Wallace, T, 1886, Notes on ancient remains in the Beauly Valley, Inverness-shire, 348 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1192.


RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of North-east Inverness, Inverness District, Highland Region, 12, No. 51 (Text/Report). SHG2673.

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Location

Grid reference Centred NH 5950 4330 (627m by 627m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH54SE
Civil Parish KIRKHILL
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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