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Corffhouse

Fort (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Corffhouse

Classification Fort (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Lovat Bridge; Corff House

Canmore ID 12745

Site Number NH54SW 3

NGR NH 5135 4480

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH54SW 3 5135 4480.

(NH 5135 4480) Fort (NR)

OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1906)

A double ditch enclosing an area measuring 188' N-S x 240' E-W. The outer ditch is 18' across, the inner, 32'. They are separated by ridges 5' wide and 6' high from the bottom of the ditch.

There is now no trace of any building. It is simply an earthen mound surrounded by two trenches. The drive to Beaufort through the wood has cut through the trenches on the N side. The height of the fort on the S side is about 25'.

T Wallace 1886 and 1921

The situation and structure of this fort are not incompatible with its identification as an early medieval monument (c/f NS75SW 10), but this does not rule out the possibility that it might be of Early Christian or prehistoric date.

Information from RCAHMS to OS; visited 1957

All that survives of this probably Iron Age fort is the N arc comprising c. 30.0m of the inner ditch, c. 6.0m wide and 1.2m deep, c. 20.0m of the outer ditch, c. 5.5m wide and 0.8m deep, and the medial rampart, c. 5.5m wide and 1.1m high. There is no trace of a rampart on the outer lip of the outer ditch as illustrated by Wallace, but there is an inner rampart c. 4.0m wide and 0.4m high, to the inner ditch. There is no trace of the defences continuing around the E slopes as illustrated by Wallace, though it is possible that later tracks have destroyed them. It seems likely, judging from the 1969 6" depiction and the present state of the site, that the fort has consisted of two semicircular ditches and ramparts in the N, W, and S, cutting off a near-level area defended by a natural escarpment in the E, but it is now too denuded to be certain.

Visited by OS (A A) 13 January 1971.

Accepted as motte.

P A Yeoman 1988.

Activities

Field Visit (20 July 1957)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.

Note (6 March 2015 - 15 November 2016)

This fort occupies a shallow promontory formed in the rounded angle of the escarpment above Lovat Bridge, though the topography has been dramatically altered by the quarry that encroached upon its W flank. Roughly oval on plan, the interior measures about 73m from N to S by 58m transversely (0.32ha), and while there are no visible defences along the lip of the escarpment on the NE and SE flanks, elsewhere twin ramparts with external ditches barred access before the quarry destroyed the southern sectors. Nevertheless, on the N a stub of the defences remains visible, the inner and outer ramparts respectively measuring 4m and 5.5m in thickness by 0.4m and 1.1m in height, and their accompanying ditches 6m and 5.5m in breadth by 1.2m and 0.8m in depth. The interior is featureless and no trace of the entrance remains visible.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 15 November 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC2885

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