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Dun Domhnuill

Court Hill (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Dun Domhnuill

Classification Court Hill (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Dun Donald

Canmore ID 39162

Site Number NR79SE 11

NGR NR 7878 9357

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish North Knapdale
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR79SE 11 7878 9357.

(NR 7878 9357) Law (NR) (Dun Donuill) (NAT)

OS 6" map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1924)

Dun Domhnuill is a steep-sided grasy mound, c.104' base diameter by 33' high, with a flattened summit area 24' x 10', on which a few stones mark the site of a "Judge's Chair", which was destroyed by vandals within living memory. Some stones project from the sides of the mound, which may have been terraced in narrow ledges. This feature is strongly suggestive of a ciarn; later re-used as a Judgement Seat of the Lords of the Isles.

M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964.

A natural mound, with the remains of the 'Judge's Chair' on its summit. There is no evidence of terracing.

It is known locally as Dun Domhnuill.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (DWR) 28 May 1973.

As described in the report of 28 May 1973.

Surveyed at 1/10,000.

Visited by OS (TRG) 27 January 1977.

This natural mound measures 30m in diameter and is 10m in height. Oral tradition suggests that this was the seat of a medieval court.

J Lewis 2005


Field Visit (22 September 1942)

This site was recorded as part of the RCAHMS Emergency Survey, undertaken by Angus Graham and Vere Gordon Childe during World War 2. The project archive has been catalogued during 2013-2014 and the material, which includes notebooks, manuscripts, typescripts, plans and photographs, is now available online.

Information from RCAHMS (GF Geddes) 2 December 2014.


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