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Uaigh Mhurcha Riabhaich

Burial (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Uaigh Mhurcha Riabhaich

Classification Burial (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 8784

Site Number ND25SW 15

NGR ND 2454 5479

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND25SW 15 2454 5479

(ND 2454 5479) Uaigh Mhurcha Riabhaich (NAT)

OS 25" map, Caithness, (1872)

A possible Danish camp (a circular construction of clay about 60 links in diameter, possibly at one time trenched round). A wizard named Mhurcha Riabhach was shot and buried here about 1720.

Name Book 1871

The only trace of this feature is a very slight circular depression 13.3m in diameter, in an arable field.

Visited by OS (W D J) 29 April 1963

(ND 2454 5479) Uaigh Mhurcha Riabhaich (NAT) (site of)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

No change to the previous field report.

Visited by OS (J M) 9 March 1982

Enclosure, 'Uaigh Mhircha Riahaich'. Represented by a slight depression but now covered in hay ricks.

R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995


Watching Brief (16 March 2008)

ND 2454 5479 No archaeological features or deposits were observed, during a watching brief on 16 March 2008 in a field adjacent to ‘Murdo Rivach’s Grave’, a possible prehistoric site with later historical and folkloric associations.

Report: HCAU

Funder: Linda MacKay

Catherine Dagg, 2008


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