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Battle Site (16th Century)

Site Name Knocarthur

Classification Battle Site (16th Century)

Canmore ID 5842

Site Number NC70NE 7

NGR NC 750 070

NGR Description NC c. 750 070

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Rogart
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NC70NE 7 750 070

(NC 756 072) Site of Conflict of Altunbeth (NR) AD 1542.

OS 6"map, Sutherland, 2nd ed., (1907)

Site of conflict of Alltnabeth AD 1542: This name applies to a battlefield situated in and about the district of Cnoc Arthur. The conflict took place about AD 1542 between Donald McKay and the followers of the Earl of Sutherland.

Name Book 1871.

After the death of Earl Adam of Sutherland, Donald MacKay came with a company of men in 1542, burning the village of Knockartoll and plundering Strathbrora. The Sutherland lairds hastily assembled and overtook MacKay beside Aldy-ne-Beth. They made a very sudden attack upon MacKay. There was a hard sharp conflict; the Strathnaver men fled and the booty was recovered.

R Gordon 1813.

No information found regarding this skirmish.

Visited by OS (W D J) 22 April 1964.


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