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TITLE
Broch, possibly Dunbeath Broch, Caithness
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_407_P157
PLACENAME
Dunbeath
DISTRICT
Caithness - Southern
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Latheron
DATE OF IMAGE
1887
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31209
KEYWORDS
Picts
Broch, possibly Dunbeath Broch, Caithness

This illustration shows the ground plan for a broch. It is from 'Tours in Scotland 1747, 1750, 1760' by Richard Pococke, Bishop of Meath, published by the Scottish History Society, 1887.

Bishop Pococke has called the sketch 'The Plan of a Pict's House' and the broch referred to may be Dunbeath Broch as he was staying with a Mr Sinclair of Dunbeath at the time of writing and the broch was only half a mile from Mr Sinclair's house. Indeed in the RCHAMS records, Dunbeath Broch is stated as being 'excavated many years ago by Mr Thomson Sinclair of Dunbeath'. This may be the same Mr Sinclair.

Brochs were widespread throughout northern and western Scotland at this time. They may have built to protect the local population in times of threat. They were constructed with two concentric stone walls bonded by rows of slabs which formed galleries. Steps within the walls allowed access to various levels

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Broch, possibly Dunbeath Broch, Caithness

CAITHNESS: Latheron

1760s

Picts

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

This illustration shows the ground plan for a broch. It is from 'Tours in Scotland 1747, 1750, 1760' by Richard Pococke, Bishop of Meath, published by the Scottish History Society, 1887.<br /> <br /> Bishop Pococke has called the sketch 'The Plan of a Pict's House' and the broch referred to may be Dunbeath Broch as he was staying with a Mr Sinclair of Dunbeath at the time of writing and the broch was only half a mile from Mr Sinclair's house. Indeed in the RCHAMS records, Dunbeath Broch is stated as being 'excavated many years ago by Mr Thomson Sinclair of Dunbeath'. This may be the same Mr Sinclair.<br /> <br /> Brochs were widespread throughout northern and western Scotland at this time. They may have built to protect the local population in times of threat. They were constructed with two concentric stone walls bonded by rows of slabs which formed galleries. Steps within the walls allowed access to various levels