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Moniack Castle

Cup Marked Stone (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Site Name Moniack Castle

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Canmore ID 12706

Site Number NH54SE 10

NGR NH 55184 43587

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

NH54SE 10 552 436.

(Area NH 552 436) There is a cup-marked stone in the rockery at Moniack Castle, It stands at the end of the rockery next to the entrance gate, and is an erect block of hard grey gneiss, 2' x2' with at least 19 well formed cups, the largest being 5" across. It is on loan to Miss Campbell of Moniack Castle, and came from an old dike, which is the march between the farm of Mr. Yule of Maryburgh, near Dingwall,and Bakerhill of Brahan (Information from Seaforth to Rev Dr. Joass, Golspie: June 1880)

W Jolly 1882

No trace of this stone could be found.

Visited by OS (R D) 21 December 1964


Note (1979)

Bakerhill 2 NH c. 53 56 NH 55 NW

A cup-marked boulder, which was found in a march-dyke near Bakerhill and transferred to a rockery at Moniack Castle (NH 551 436) about 1866, is no longer visible. It bore at least nineteen cups up to 125mm in diameter and 50mm in depth. The dyke is said to have contained other cup-marked boulders.


(Jolly 1882, 339-40; OS Record Card N H 54 SE 10).

Note (6 February 2020)

Date Fieldwork Started: 06/02/2020

Compiled by: NOSAS

Location Notes: The panel was re-discovered under the lawn immediately to the E of the last upright stone at the end of the rockery, which is at the left side end of the drive in front of the entrance to Moniack Castle. It has been moved about 3m W into the rockery, and is set upright in a safe and visible position at NH 55184 43587.

Panel Notes: The panel is a block of gneiss, 0.65m x 0.60m x 0.35m at thickest. It has been broken from a larger piece and there are two drill holes. There are 19 cupmarks in total, 2 in particular are larger and deeper than the others. The carved surface is approximately flat, and at one unbroken corner the surface slopes away and 1 cup is on a surface at an angle to the rest.


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