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Coupar Angus - Braemar - Corgarff - Fort George Military Road

Military Road (18th Century)

Site Name Coupar Angus - Braemar - Corgarff - Fort George Military Road

Classification Military Road (18th Century)

Canmore ID 141503

Site Number NJ02SE 7

NGR NJ 0700 2124

NGR Description NJ 0999 2019 to NJ 0525 2499

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Abernethy And Kincardine
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Badenoch And Strathspey
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NJ02SE 7 MJ 0999 2019 to NJ 0525 2499. MR 9 (formerly Lin 511).

The military road follows the line of the A939 until just N of Lynebreck, where it heads straight on at a bend, traversing a very overgrown bridge (NJ02SE 10) at NJ 0628 2259. It rejoins the modern road about half a mile further N.

W Taylor 1976.

NJ 0999 2019 to NJ 0982 2023 modern road on line.

NJ 0982 2023 to NJ 0935 2030 military road leaves modern road and remains as a grass- and heather-covered metalled track c.5m wide. Banked on its N side with stretches of revettments on the lower S side. Cut into the side of the hill. Good example of road.

NJ 0935 2030 to NJ 0915 2025 military road widens to double width here.

NJ 0890 2018 to NJ 0866 2035 military road beautifully terraced into slope of hill. Best preserved example of road so far seen.

NJ 0863 2038 military road cuts through small gulley.

NJ 0854 2050 modern quarry on line of military road.

NJ 0850 2054 to NJ 0782 2096 old military road rejoins modern metalled road c.4.5m wide and remains on this line.

NJ 0845 2062 modern parapet and abutments built over a possibly original arch core (NJ02SE 12).

NJ 0785 2097 bridge - probably modern (NJ02SE 11).

NJ 0782 2096 to NJ 0609 2211 modern metalled road, now 6.5m wide, on line of old military road.

NJ 0609 2211 to NJ 0625 2250 military road leaves modern road and is grass- and heather-covered, metalling apparent in stretches.Width c.4m and banked on both sides on open part of incline.

NJ 0628 2253 military road cut into hillside on W side with revettment on E side of slopes.

NJ 0628 2259 military bridge 4m wide (NJ02SE 10).

NJ 0628 2260 no fords here.

NJ 0628 2261 remains of S abutment of military single arch bridge (NJ02SE 9).

NJ 0628 2261 to NJ 0631 2277 military road c.5m in width metalled.

NJ 0631 2277 to NJ 0633 2286 military road joins modern road 5.5m wide and remains on this line.

NJ 0633 2286 to NJ 0651 2372 military road leaves modern road and is grass- and heather-covered, metalled in places and c.5m wide. Banked and ditched on its E side with traces of revetting on its W side here and there.

NJ 0651 2372 to NJ 0525 2499 military road joins modern metalled road and remains on this line.

NJ 0550 2482 remains of W side of old bridge below a modern style bridge(NJ02SE 8).

NJ 0548 2481 section of revetting on S side of old road now by-passed.

Visited by OS (RB) 6 September 1966.

The assessment of the Highland section of the military road terminated at Grantown-on-Spey, but it appears that the military route is mainly overlaid by the A939 on this map sheet, apart from short sections between NJ 0975 2023 and NJ 0854 2051, between NJ 0610 2216 and NJ 0632 2279 and also between NJ 0635 2291 and NJ 0650 2368, where stretches of original road are visible. The first of these sections is very well preserved and was previously noted by the OS, possibly in 1966, as the ?best preserved example of roads so far seen?, being ?beautifully terraced into the slope of the hill?. There are a number of bridges on this map sheet. At NJ 0845 2062 is a single span bridge (NJ02SE 12), where modern abutments and parapet have been constructed over a possibly original arch core and there is a modern bridge (NJ02SE 11) at NJ 0785 2097. Traversing the branches of the Coire Odhar Burn are two bridges, at NJ 0628 2259 is a single span bridge of military style (NJ02SE 10) and at NJ 0628 2261 are the remains of the S abutments of a military-type single span stone bridge (NJ02SE 9). At NJ 0550 2482, near Ballinluig, are the remains of the W abutments of an early stone bridge (NJ02SE 8) of single span design.

M Logie (Highland Council) 1997; NMRS MS 1007/7.


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