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Cairn(S), Human Remains

Site Name Smallburn

Classification Cairn(S), Human Remains

Alternative Name(s) Battle Of Tillyangus; Battle Of Tillieangus; Cushnie; Gordonstown

Canmore ID 17718

Site Number NJ52SW 4

NGR NJ 518 247

NGR Description Centred NJ 518 247

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Clatt
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ52SW 4 centred 518 247.

(Centred: NJ 518 247 - Group of 21) Tumuli (NR).

(NJ 5186 2493) Human Remains found here.

OS 6" map, Aberdeenshire, 1st ed., (1866-70)

Traditionally the burial cairns of the slain at the Battle of Tillyangus (Tillieangus: NJ52SW 6) in 1571. A large quantity of human bones were found about 1800 at the position indicated.

Name Book 1866.

No trace of cairns or evidence of field system.

Visited by OS (RL) 13 September 1967.

(Name changed to Smallburn). Nothing is visible of the cairns depicted on the 2nd edition of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire, 1902, sheet xliii.SW) in an area of broken ground about 700m W of Gordonstown farmsteading (NJ52SW 75). The site where the human remains were found lies at the edge of a N-facing terrace. Although the terrace has been improved for pasture, piles of field clearance and natural irregularities still disfigure the surface of the ground.

Visited by RCAHMS (ATW; PC), 9 September 1998.


Field Visit (24 July 1943)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.


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