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Alternative Names Battle Of Mortlach
Canmore ID 16817
Site Number NJ33NW 5
NGR NJ 322 393
Council MORAY
Former Region GRAMPIAN
Former District MORAY
Former County BANFFSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NJ33NW 5 322 393.

(NJ 322 393). Site of Battle of Mortlach (NR) (AD. 1010).
OS 6" map, (1938)

No mention of this battle occurs in more modern books, and the main authority appears to be Hollinshead's Scottish Chronicle, where it is said to have been between Malcolm II and the Danes under Sweyn.
Harbottle 1904; A O Anderson 1922; W C Dickerson 1961; Information from R Hollinshead (ed.) 1805 'Scot. Chron' Vol. 1, 327.

The site and date of the Battle of Mortlach, are described in such detail by Shaw, whose prime authority appears to be Hollnshead, that there can be no doubt as to its authenticity. The tradition is still known locally, and, although no finds have been made recently, Shaw states that 'Human bones, broken sabres, and pieces of other ancient armour, have been from time to time accidentally discovered.'
Visited by OS (N K B) 25 January 1966; L Shaw 1882.

External Links

Moray Historic Environment Record

Books and References

Anderson, A O (1922) Early sources of Scottish history, A.D. 500 to 1286, 2v Edinburgh
Held at RCAHMS C.1.2.AND

Dickinson, W C (1961) Scotland from the earliest times to 1603, (A new history of Scotland, vol. 1; vol 2 by G S Pryde) Edinburgh
Held at RCAHMS C.1.3.NEW

Harbottle (1904) Dictionary of Battles,
Page(s): 167

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