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Eas Uilleam

Cairn (Bronze Age), Cairnfield (Prehistoric)

Site Name Eas Uilleam

Classification Cairn (Bronze Age), Cairnfield (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) West Bracklinn

Canmore ID 73663

Site Number NN60NE 51

NGR NN 6539 0985

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Callander
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Perthshire

Activities

Field Visit (1 June 1992)

NN60NE 51 6539 0985.

This cairn stands on a ridge above the W bank of the Eas Uilleam; it measures 5.5m in diameter and 0.6m in height. There are a number of small cairns in the heather-covered ground to the S.

(BOD 152)

Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 1 June 1992.

Publication Account (1994)

Thirteen round cairns were recorded during the survey, all probably of Bronze Age date. These are all situated towards the western part of the survey area, most of them sited at between 190m and 300m OD and showing a similar distribution to that of the neolithic tombs, with a concentration of five monuments at Black Park on lower ground, between 150m and 165m OD. All but one of the cairns are located either on prominent knolls or ridges or in situations offering an extensive outlook (although afforestation now makes this difficult to appreciate at Black Park), the exception being Annet Burn (NN60 NE 33), which sits on a level terrace beside the burn.

The cairns all appear as grass- or heather-covered mounds, most of them disturbed or robbed to some extent. In no case can an enclosing kerb be identified with certainty, although a robber-trench around the S and SW arcs of one of the Black Park cairns (NN 60 NE 15) may indicate the course of such a feature. On the basis of their size, two groups can be identified. Eight cairns measure between 4.5m and 8.5m in diameter and between 0.45m and 0.9m in height; the others range from 12.5m in diameter and 0.4m in height (Ballachraggan) to 21 m in diameter and 1.5m in height (Black Park, NN 60 NE 15). All but one are circular, the single exception being The Judge's Cairn, an oval mound measuring 20m in length by 17.5m in breadth and 1.8m in height, although here the shape may be the result of stone-robbing, The two groups show different patterns of distribution. With one exception, the smaller cairns are all to be found in areas of heather covered, often boggy, moorland; the example at Waterside, however, the smallest of all, sits on a prominent knoll which may belong to the Bronze Age. At Cromlix House in 1902 a damaged short cist was found during drainage operations, while the Statistical Account records that in c. 1783 'several cists' were found in a mound at Rosehall (Stat. Acct.; XX, 90), and stones 6ft (1.8m) long by 3ft (0.9m) wide were also discovered there around 1859 (Name Book 1863, No. 21, p.22).

RCAHMS 1994

Management (2003)

Scheduled as West Bracklinn, cairn. Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 19 November 2003.

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