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Spittal Hill

Market Place (Post Medieval)

Site Name Spittal Hill

Classification Market Place (Post Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Spital Hill

Canmore ID 8287

Site Number ND15NE 7

NGR ND 167 556

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND15NE 7 167 556

(ND 167 556) Spittal Hill (NAT)

OS 6" map, (1971)

Spittal Hill (Spittal was a parish until combined with Halkirk in the 16th century), the highest point in Halkirk parish, was until about 1827 a traditional meeting place. Here was held an annual market named 'the Jamesmas' according to the New Statistical Account (NSA, 1845) and 'Georgemas Fair' according to the ONB (1872). The latter authority, quoting Torfeus, says that a great army led by 'Comes Magbradus' assembled here in the 10th century to attack Liotus, Earl of Orkney, in the moss to the S. (See ND15SE 12 for where the battle is reputed to have taken place.)

NSA 1845; T Torfaeus 1866; Name Book 1871; Name Book 1872; H Scott et al 1915-61.


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