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Poyntzfield Mill

Mill (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Moated Site (Medieval)

Site Name Poyntzfield Mill

Classification Mill (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Moated Site (Medieval)

Canmore ID 273760

Site Number NH76SW 42

NGR NH 7077 6367

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NH76SW 42 NH 7077 6367

In a small square wood at the head of Ballyskelly Burn, 60m SE of Poyntzfield Mills, is a triangular area defended by a moat, 25m wide on the S by up to 27m N-S. The moat is 8-10m crest to crest, 4-6m wide floor, up to 2m deep, and is connected to Ballyskelly Burn by a 20m channel NE from the N angle, to where there appears to have been a dam. There are traces of a building against the S side, and a wall along the E edge. There are also oblique walls and ditches and a building foundation outside the moat on the S. Until recently the site was overgrown, and in clearing the site by JCB causeways were cut across the moat on the N and S, and the SW corner infilled, but the damage is less than 10% of the circuit.

NH 7064 6380 On S bank of a tributary of Ballyskelly Burn, a building platform, 8 x 5m, followed by a second, 6 x 5m. Between the two a channel opens 1.5m above the platforms, possibly a variant of the lade to the more recent mills, indicating a medieval timber-built predecessor here.

T C Welsh 2004


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