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Bunloit, Glenurquhart

Bog Butter, Keg

Site Name Bunloit, Glenurquhart

Classification Bog Butter, Keg

Canmore ID 116736

Site Number NH52NW 10

NGR NH 50 25

NGR Description NH c. 50 25

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Urquhart And Glenmoriston
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH52NW 10 c. 50 25

Held in the collections of the Royal Museum of Scotland (under accession number RMS SHC 7) there is a mass of bog butter with fragments of the timber vessel that contained it. The circumstances of the discovery are not recorded but the accession dates from 1904. Bunloit farm is at grid reference NH 504 252, above the NW shore of Loch Ness and 4.2km SW of Urquhart Castle (NH52NW 3).

As currently held in store, the remains appear to be those of a lump of bog butter (measuring about 0.46m in length by 0.29m in diameter) around which the remains of a timber container are retained by wire binding (which is presumably of recent date). The timber (which was possibly alder) has split so severely that it presents the superficial impression of a stave-built container, but is shown by detailed examination to be of monoxylous (presumably carved) form. Both base and lid are missing and the ends of the sides have rotted so as to obliterate any trace of a binding-groove or similar feature. The top of the bog butter mass is domed and the capacity of the vessel appears to have been about 141 litres.

Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1905; RMS Accession Register: typescript continuation catalogue; R J C Mowat 1996, visited November 1994.

(Location cited as NH 50 25). The discovery (in a peat moss) is recorded of a cylindrical mass of adipocere wrapped in bark (NMS ME 360). A 'Somewhat similar find' had been made 'in the same district some time ago... within living memory', but this was destroyed.

Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1905; NMRS, MS/996/1.

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