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Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned), Earthwork(S) (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)(Possible), Site (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Ladystone

Classification Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned), Earthwork(S) (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)(Possible), Site (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Ladystone 5

Canmore ID 116726

Site Number NH64SW 23

NGR NH 618 432

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kirkhill
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH64SW 23 618 432

NH 64/74 OS 618432 No. 18 Above Ladystone Farm.

Circular enclosure which may be a hut circle with a very eroded rampart and outer ditch: the diameter of the rampart is 12 yards. It is hidden in scrub on the south side next the old road and an entrance cannot be identified. A short distance further westwards there are big foundation stones of ancient walling. These run westwards in a straight line throughout, and after 24 yards there is a gap wide enough for a cart. On the other and west side of the gap the foundation northwards for 2 to 3 yards appears to be as for an entrance. The walling continues west for 100 yards where it is lost in scrub. Before the scrub is reached there appears to be a very eroded and roughly parallel ditch on the downside visible for a few yards. 22 yards west of the gateway and 4 yards on the up o south side of the walling, there is a low round cairn 7 yards in diameter with a surrounding ditch still visible on the north and east sides. Further west and in the newly planted moor there appears to be a very eroded ditch with the rampart on the up or south side

running in a westerly direction. This earthwork is opposite the furthest up croft in Englishton Muir. 20 yards west of a very high oval natural mound and 20 yards down from the old road there is a round cairn 7 yards in diameter with a surrounding ditch. It has recently been opened in the centre. 46 yards further west there is a similar but less pronounced cairn, and further west still there is another. Down from the cairns there is an eroded flat bottomed

ditch 10 feet wide running N.N.E. from the old road for 320 yards a marshy area. This ditch is not absolutely straight throughout in length and the up-cast appears to be to each side. On the line of ditch, on the other and up side of the old road, there is an area rough grass growing in the surrounding heather. This vague elongated earthwork is 30 yards long and 4 yards wide in the centre section where it seems the up-cast came from each side. Opposite this earthwork and 35 yards on the downside of the old road, there appears t be a cairn overlooking a natural circular hollow, and another small one back towards and nearer the old road. Further west there is a minor ditch running in a westerly direction which can only be seen in a short section where the scrub had recently been sprayed. On the up side and back towards the cairn at the hollow there appears to be an area of clearance cairns.

Coghill et al 1989


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