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Chapel (Period Unknown)

Site Name Balnabruach

Classification Chapel (Period Unknown)

Alternative Name(s) Balnabruaich Sewage Pumping Station

Canmore ID 15665

Site Number NH98SW 5

NGR NH 90899 84044

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NH98SW 5 9088 8404.

(NH 9088 8404) Chapel (NR) (Site of)

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

The site of a chapel, of which no remains are discernible, lies at Balnabruaich, a continuation of the village of Portmahomack, 50 yards inland on the shore-level from the village street.

J M Davidson 1948.

No trace of the chapel. Mr Duff (Information from Mr Duff, Balnabruach, Portmahomack) stated that a human skull was ploughed up in its vicinity a few years ago, but has no other information.

Visited by OS (AA) 20 September 1972.


Field Visit (September 1977)

Balnabruach, Chapel NH c.908 840 NH98SW 5

A chapel is said to have stood in this vicinity.

RCAHMS 1979, visited September 1977

(Davidson 1946, 27)

Watching Brief (November 1992)

In November 1992, a watching brief was carried out at this site by GUARD during ground-preparation for a pumping station at Balnabruaich, near Portmahomack, and in the area of the reported chapel site. Although a number of linear features were observed in the sand sub-soil, none was of any antiquity. The farmer, Mr Duff, reported that the skull had been found further to the E than the site of the pumping station. The results of the watching brief were therfore negative.

Sponsor: Highland Regional Council Water and Sewage.

I Banks 1993.


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