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Raigmore Graveyard

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name Raigmore Graveyard

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Canmore ID 14956

Site Number NH82NW 4

NGR NH 8090 2714

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Moy And Dalarossie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH82NW 4 8090 2714.

(NH 8090 2714) Raigmore Graveyard (Disused) (NAT)

OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

Raigmore, from the derivation of the name, is the site of a prehisitoric burial ground (ISSFC 1898).

The Ordnance Survey Name Book (ONB), however, states that it is a disused burial ground.

Name Book 1870; Trans Inverness Sci Soc Fld Club 1898.

A circular enclosure consisting of turf-covered wall-footings 12.0m in diameter and 0.3m in height, situated on the top of a small wooded knoll, around the base of which are traces of walling and ruined buildings. There seems no archaeological evidence to suggest that this was a prehistoric burial ground; and no local information could be obtained to confirm it is a disused burial ground.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 31 October 1966.


External Reference (2010)

Letter in Inverness Courier, 29 August 1972 from Murdo Macaskill on 'Derivation of Raigmore':

"Sir, - Perhaps, among your readers there is an antiquarian or archaeologist who might be interested in what follows. The place name Raigmore was taken to Inverness by the Mackintosh family of the small Raigmore estate in Strathdearn. To-day we stilll have a hamlet and school called Raigbeg, but no place known as Raigmore. The old Mackintosh home is called Press. The late James Dunbar, Edinchat, a native Gaelic speaker, well versed in local tradition, told me that Raigmore meant the 'big circle of death' and Raigbeg the 'little circle of death'. A persistant local tradition has it that there is an old cemetery on a knoll on the farm of Drumbain, half-a-mile east of Press. On this koll there is a circular wall of earth and stone enclosing a space ten yards in diameter.

... Recently I saw a six inch ordnance map on which the circle on Drumbain, or at least the knoll, was marked Raigmore. Some days later while working near Tombeg I suddenly remembered that a big heather fire on the south face of that hill in 1955 had exposed to view a large ragged circle of boulders about one hundred yards in diameter. To see it properly one had to go up to the top of the Drumbain ridge and look across the little glen of the Alt Cosack through which the railway and main road pass. In the seventeen years that have passed since that fire the heather has again hidden the upper part of this circle but two segments of the lower half can be plainly seen....One line of the proposed new Perth road passes just underneath this big circle but straight through the prehistoric settlement further on."

Information from the ARCH Community Timelines Course, 2010


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