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Westray, Gentleman's Cave

Cave (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Westray, Gentleman's Cave

Classification Cave (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 2322

Site Number HY34NE 2

NGR HY 3979 4860

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Westray
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY34NE 2 3979 4860.

A large cave famous for the fact that twelve Jacobite officers took refuge in it for three months.

Name Book 1880.

This sea-cave, reached by descending a long sloping ledge on the spectacular cliffs S of Noup Head, is a less commodious hiding-place than the Rapness one (HY54SW 10), but traditionally it also was used by the same four lairds in 1746.

J R Tudor 1883; R P Fereday 1980; RCAHMS 1983.

Located on the coast edge.

This cave is reached by descending a long sloping ledge to the south side of Noup Head. It is said to have been used as a refuge by Jacobite lairds from the North Isles in 1746. (See also HY54SW10). This site was not inspected.

Orkney Coastal Zone Assessment 1998.

Activities

Desk Based Assessment (1998)

HY34NE 2 3979 4860.

Located on the coast edge.

This cave is reached by descending a long sloping ledge to the south side of Noup Head. It is said to have been used as a refuge by Jacobite lairds from the North Isles in 1746. (See also HY54SW10). This site was not inspected.

Moore and Wilson, 1998

Coastal Zone Assessment Survey

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