MHG8318 - Hospital? Obsdale


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Type and Period (1)

  • HOSPITAL (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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NH66NE 40 66 69.

A site 'hospitale' which evidently lay between Helmsdale and Wick is mentioned in 1290. The context makes it clear that this was not the hospital at Helmsdale, and it is equally unlikely to refer to the hospital of St Magnus which lies well off the route between Helmsdale and Wick. The site is much more likely to be located on the coastal plain between these places. In this respect Obsdale (name at NH 665 699 on OS 1:10,000 map, 1992) which has been identified with the lands of Hospitill which appear in 1384, 1490 and in several post-Reformation sources, appears to most nearly fit the requirements. There is no positive evidence of a medieval hospital here, the only foundation connected with Obsdale which is on record being a chaplainry in Fortrose cathedral, mentioned in 1547.
I Cowan and D Easson 1976.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6599 6900 (140m by 140m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH66NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ROSSKEEN

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