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Cadboll Mount

Folly (Post Medieval)

Site Name Cadboll Mount

Classification Folly (Post Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Geanies House Policies, Tumulus; Cadbollmount

Canmore ID 15257

Site Number NH87NE 3

NGR NH 88945 79039

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Fearn
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH87NE 3 8895 7903.

(NH 8895 7903) Cadboll Mount (NAT)

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

A tumulus known as Cadbollmount stands on the estate of Geanies, just above the 250' contour line and some 700 yards from the NW coastline of the Moray Firth. It is a truncated cone c. 95' in diameter at the base, with a flattish top 10' in diameter. It is 20' high and appears to be built of earth and clay mixed with stones (Davidson 1948).

Cadboll Mount is traditionally supposed to have been erected c. 1770 by the Laird of Cadboll to obstruct the view from Geanies House towards the lands of Cadboll (Ordnance Survey Name Book [ONB] 1872).

Name Book 1872; J M Davidson 1948.

Generally as described by Davidson, this artificial mound appears to be a folly and not a tumulus.

Visited by OS (I S S) 5 September 1964.


Field Visit (September 1977)

Cadboll Mount NH 889 790 NH87NE 3

This garden mount was built before 1760 in the form of a pyramid. It measures 29m square at the base and stands 6m high.

RCAHMS 1979, September 1977

(Pococke 1887, 17 3; Davidson 1946, 25-6)

Ground Survey (October 2007 - November 2007)

NH 817 788 to NH 889 790 A desk-based assessment was conducted to establish as far as possible the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected by the construction of a new water main in the Loandhu to Cadboll areas of Easter Ross. This work was undertaken during October and November 2007. Minor diversions of route are recommended to avoid archaeologically sensitive areas and a watching brief is also proposed for a section of the route.

Archive deposited with RCAHMS.

Funder: Scottish Water and Halcrow Ltd.


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