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Beaufort Castle

Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Beaufort Castle

Classification Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Beaufort Castle Policies

Canmore ID 12738

Site Number NH54SW 14

NGR NH 504 426

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kiltarlity And Convinth
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH54SW 14 504 426.

NH 504 426. The crop-mark of a circular enclosure has been recorded 400 m SW of Beaufort Castle (Visible on RCAHMS air photograph IN 3211-3: flown 1977); it measures about 12 m in internal diameter. Other crop-marks visible immediately N of this enclosure are probably of recent date but there is another possible enclosure 150 m to the NE. RCAHMS 1979

Further air photograph in 1989 shows that the circular enclosure already recorded appears to have various indistinct internal features. It appears to overlie the edge of a series of pit alignments, consisting of four parallel lines of pits in a 'V' shape, immediately to the NNE.

They each lie approximately 3m apart. Immediately NNE there is a dark, almost square, area c10-12m long and wide.

Whether these are ancient or modern marks in the pasture is currently unknown.

Two long parallel lines of parchmarks running SW-NE across the Vshaped marks may prove to be horse jumps rather than pit alignments. (AP nos. 8904.20-26 and 8906.56-57, held in Inverness Museum, see also Archive.) (See NH54SW 44 and NH54SW 45 for sites to N and NE.)

Information from J Harden 1989.

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