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Photograph of John Nicolson at the Monument at Nybster.

SC 1359178

Photograph of John Nicolson at the Monument at Nybster.

Description Photograph of John Nicolson at the Monument at Nybster.

Date c. 1910 to 1930

Collection John Nicolson

Catalogue Number SC 1359178

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of J 8847 PO

Scope and Content John Nicolson and woman at Nybster broch, Caithness, Highland Nybster broch is located on a cliff promontory near the village of Auckengill in north-east Caithness. The broch can only be approached from one direction and is defended by a massive outer wall. Outbuildings fill the whole of the promontory. The site was excavated by Sir Francis Tress Barry (1825-1907) and John Nicolson (1843-1934) in 1895-6. This photograph shows Nicolson and an unknown woman standing beside 'Mervyn's Tower', a monument that he built with stone from the excavations. Nicolson was a keen sculptor and created many monuments across Caithness commemorating Barry's excavations. The original monument was built on the promontory and survives as a grassy mound. A replica was rebuilt in a new position. Nicolson often acted as a tour guide taking visitors to see the broch and monument at Nybster. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference PHO 386

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/1359178

Collection Hierarchy - Item Level

Collection Level (551 146) John Nicolson

Group Level (551 146/2) Archaeology Papers and Artwork

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