Dunan Aula, Barbreck

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Site Type CIST
Canmore ID 22735
Site Number NM80NW 14
NGR NM 8342 0697
Former District ARGYLL AND BUTE
Former County ARGYLL
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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NM80NW 14 8342 0697.

(NM 8343 0697) Cist (NR)
OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

There is an exposed cist, said to have been "covered by loose stones" when found at some time prior to 1793, situated north of the mausoleum in the late 18th century family burial ground which stands on the summit of a large steep-sided mound. The Statistical Account (OSA 1793) records an "urn with ahses" being found by workmen when the mausoleum was being built. The cist measures 4' by 2'7" by 2'9". The gable capstone measures 5'4" by 4'8". Other stones projecting from the sides of the mound suggest that other graves may exist undamaged.
M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964; OSA 1793; M Campbell 1956; SDD 1960-.

As described. There is no trace of any cairn material. 10 metres to WNW is an upright slab which appears to be neither part of a kerb nor part of a cist. It is 1 metre high, 0.4 metres thick and 0.6 metres broad. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale.
Visited by OS (D W R) 6 October 1971.

Set into the top of Dunan Aula, a natural knoll situated 650m NNE of barbreck House, and a little to the N of the mausoleum, there is a massive cist constructed of four large slabs and a gabled capstone; aligned NE and SW, it measures 1.2m by 0.7m and 0.8m in depth internally. In the later 18th century the cist was broken into and an 'urn' and cremated remains were discovered (OSA 1797); the urn was destroyed.
About 9.5m to the NNW, on the side of the knoll, there is an upright slab, which is aligned NW and SE and measures 0.6m by 0.4m at the base and 1m in height; it has straightish sides and a flat top.
Visited May 1982

Books and References

Campbell and Sandeman, M and M (1964) 'Mid Argyll: an archaeological survey', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.95
Page(s): 14, No. 92

Campbell, M (1956) 'Barbreck', Discovery Excav Scot
Page(s): 7

OSA (1791-9) The statistical account of Scotland, drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes, in Sinclair, J (Sir) Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol. 7, 436 Held at RCAHMS B.2.2.STA

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