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Carbisdale Farm

Battle Site (17th Century)

Site Name Carbisdale Farm

Classification Battle Site (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Lamentation Hill

Canmore ID 13060

Site Number NH59SE 3

NGR NH 568 945

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kincardine (Sutherland)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH59SE 3 568 945.

(Name centred NH 563 958) Lamentation Hill (Site of Battle fought A.D.1650) (NAT)

OS 6"map, Ross-shire, 1st ed., (1881).

(Name centred NH 568 945) Site of Battle (NR) fought A.D.1650.

OS 6"map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907).

Lamentation Hill is the site of the last battle of the Marquis of Montrose, in April 1650.

Name Book 1875.

Montrose was surprised on level ground, near a pass called Invercharron (Invercharron Hill - NH 57 91), on Saturday, 27 April 1650.

Montrose tried to reach a wooded, craggy hill in his rear but was overtaken and defeated by Lt-Col. Strachan. "The ground where the battle was fought ... took its present name, Craigcaoineadhan, which

may be translated the Rock of Lamentation, - from the event ...".

(Creag a'Choineachan is the name applied to the area on the OS 6" 1907 (OS 6"map [1907]) which is named Lamentation Hill, etc. on the OS 6" 1881 - (OS 6"map, [1881]). If Lamentation Hill is indeed the hill towards which Montrose was retreating the 1907 OS site could well be that of the final engagement, and could thus be accepted as the site of the battle, the 1881 OS site being more commemorative than factual.)

New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845 (Rev H Allan)

Site of (NAT) Battle (NR) (AD 1650)

OS 1:10,000map, (1971)

No further information.

Visited by OS (J M) 3 November 1976.


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