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TITLE
Plan of Dun Alascaig
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_352_FM_P011
PLACENAME
Dun Alascaig
DISTRICT
Tain
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Edderton
DATE OF IMAGE
1780
PERIOD
1780s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31188
KEYWORDS
duns
brochs
dwellings
buildings
defence
stones
zoomable

Dun Alascaig was built overlooking the Dornoch Firth near the village of Edderton, probably around the time of Roman campaigns along the coast.

Iron Age brochs are unique to Scotland and the majority of them are found in Orkney and Shetland and on the north coast of Scotland. They were built for around 300 years and then suddenly fell out of use.
Brochs are typically a dry-stone tower about 5-13m (16-43ft) high. They were usually two or three storeys and had a single door at ground level. Most were probably built as fortified dwellings but also had a defensive function as they had extremely thick outer walls. Brochs had an inner and an outer wall with a staircase between them leading to the upper galleries.

This illustration was taken from 'Antiquities and Scenery of the North of Scotland, in a series of letters to Thomas Pennant Esq', by Rev Charles Cordiner, Minister of St Andrew's Chapel, Banff (1780)

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Plan of Dun Alascaig

ROSS: Edderton

1780s

duns; brochs; dwellings; buildings; defence; stones; zoomable

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (maps)

Dun Alascaig was built overlooking the Dornoch Firth near the village of Edderton, probably around the time of Roman campaigns along the coast. <br /> <br /> Iron Age brochs are unique to Scotland and the majority of them are found in Orkney and Shetland and on the north coast of Scotland. They were built for around 300 years and then suddenly fell out of use.<br /> Brochs are typically a dry-stone tower about 5-13m (16-43ft) high. They were usually two or three storeys and had a single door at ground level. Most were probably built as fortified dwellings but also had a defensive function as they had extremely thick outer walls. Brochs had an inner and an outer wall with a staircase between them leading to the upper galleries.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Antiquities and Scenery of the North of Scotland, in a series of letters to Thomas Pennant Esq', by Rev Charles Cordiner, Minister of St Andrew's Chapel, Banff (1780)