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Hill Of Quintfall

Bog Burial (17th Century)

Site Name Hill Of Quintfall

Classification Bog Burial (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Moss Of Quintfall; Quintfall Hill; Barrock

Canmore ID 318011

Site Number ND36SW 47

NGR ND 314 624

NGR Description ND c.314 624

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Wick
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness


Reference (1921)

In June last (1920) the skeleton of a man, dressed in a complete suit of clothing, was found in a peat moss at Barrock, near Wick, lying with the arms straight along the sides, on its face, at a depth of three feet from the surface. The body was "wrapped in a plaid or blanket, and as this was unfolded the cap and shoes were found above the knees. The hair was long and of reddish colour. Evidently the man had met with a violent death, as the skull showed the mark of a heavy blow.

The clothing, in a wonderful state of preservation, consisted of:—Around, flat bonnet or cap; an outer jacket or coat (fig. 1, No. 1), tight fitting to the waist and very full-skirted; an inner coat (fig. 1, No. 2)

of similar shape and material; an outer pair of breeches (fig. 1, No. 3) cut very wide; an inner pair of breeches (fig. 1, No. 4), of similar cut and material; a pair of hose or stockings made of the same cloth

as the clothes; a pair of light, low-heeled leather shoes, in fragments; a plaid or blanket'; and a detached shaped piece of cloth. There was no shirt or underclothing as the term is commonly understood. The garments are made throughout of a strong, brownish cloth, homespun, and obviously all had originally been outer garments.

S Orr 1921

Reference (1995)

Listed in R C Turner's (1995) Gazetteer of Bog Bodies in the British Isles (71/1).


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