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Balloch

Building (Period Unknown)(Possible), Enclosure (Period Unknown), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)(Possible)

Site Name Balloch

Classification Building (Period Unknown)(Possible), Enclosure (Period Unknown), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)(Possible)

Canmore ID 29370

Site Number NO16SE 1

NGR NO 1556 6482

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Angus
  • Parish Glenisla
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Angus
  • Former County Angus

Archaeology Notes (1962 - 1968)

NO16SE 1 197 653

(NO 1552 6480) This is a circular enclosure with a stone-marked circumference.

Information from M E C Stewart to OS 1962

Extensive perambulation of the hill slope between Balloch and the Dalnagar hut circles failed to locate the enclosure mentioned by Stewart, although in the area NO 197 653 there is a fortuitous tumble of stones which appears to form a large circular enclosure c. 23.0 m. in diameter.

There is no doubt, however, that this is natural. The shepherd of this area cannot recall any circular enclosures.

Visited by OS (RD) 30 April 1968.

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Note (28 August 2018)

In 1962, Dr Margaret Stewart reported the discovery of ‘a circular enclosure with a stone-marked circumference’ to the Archaeology Branch of the Ordnance Survey, with whom she was in regular contact as a local correspondent based in Perth. Despite being provided with a location (NO 1552 6480) the OS not only failed to find the site reported by Stewart but it wrongly assumed that the site reported by her was a natural setting of boulders and stones some 4.2km to the E. However, vertical aerial photographs show that there is indeed an enclosure (NO 1556 6482) less that 20m NE of where Dr Stewart said it was. Subrectangular on plan, it measures internally about 8m from ENE to WSW by 6m transversely. The enclosure is not circular as initially described but the NNW side is bowed outwards and under deep heather its outline could easily be construed as roughly circular.

The photographs also reveal that the enclosure is situated within a rough moorland landscape which also contains what may be a pair of hut circles (NO 1550 6475), each measuring about 10m in overall diameter, 80m to the SW. Some 32m SW of these there are the probable remains of a squat, round-ended building measuring approximately 15m in length from NW to SE (NO 15476 64718).

Information from HES Survey and Recording (GFG) 28 August 2018.

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