MHG8986 - Moated site, David's Fort


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  • MOATED SITE (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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NH55SW 4 5394 5328.
David's Fort {NR}

The origin of name "David's Fort" is unknown. Name Book 1876.

Homestead Moat, David's Fort, Conon: Of characteristic trapezoid plan it is formed on minor eminence, interior standing a few feet above surrounding ground. Measures 83ft N-S by 85 to 105ft transversely within a wet ditch, approx. 15ft deep. Internally only feature visible was circular depression 25' diameter, 3' in depth situated close to margin halfway along W side. The ditch is surrounded by remains of a substantial bank standing up to 9ft in height and to 3ft above ground outside. W sector, only 2ft high, is cut by a depression about 5ft wide outside which a hollow track leads off W down slope. The gap & depression may represent place where a wooden bridge originally spanned moat.
Info from R W Feachem (Mss notes) 2 7 1958; A J Beaton 1885.

David's Fort is a homestead moat covered with scrub and trees. The moat still contains water, but it is partially filled with debris in S. Originally fed by a waterway running from an artificially constructed pond, 100m E of site to a cut in bank at NE corner. Another cut through this outer bank in NW was most probably original entrance. The purpose of the break in outer bank in S corner of moat could not be ascertained. The "circular depression" in the interior, mentioned by Feachem, has apparently been made by an uprooted tree, now lying in moat.
Re-surveyed at 1/2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 22 January 1965.

Site listed in Atlas of Scottish History (McNeill & MacQueen 1996) as moated site.
Information from RCAHMS (DE) September 1997

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Grid reference Centred NH 5393 5328 (138m by 127m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH55SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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