Kinbrace

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Site Type CASTLE (POSSIBLE)
Canmore ID 6653
Site Number NC82NE 25
NGR NC 87 28
Council HIGHLAND
Parish KILDONAN
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District SUTHERLAND
Former County SUTHERLAND
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NC c. 87 28

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Archaeological Notes

NC82NE 25 c. 87 28.

The rim of the castle at Kinbrace of the Lady Frakark, in which according to the Sagas, she was burned to death by Sveinn Asleifson, c1140, is traditionally known as Cairn Shuin (T Pennent 1769) or Carn Suine (Statistical Account [OSA] 1792) and lies at Suinachugh (OPS 1855) or Chenachu (J Gray 1922) (Shenachu: c. NC 8828 [Information from H Morrison map of Sutherland 1853]) which is said to mean 'the old field' or 'the old cairns'. In 1769 Pennant saw the remains as large shapeless heaps and says that 'though the ruins are great yet no man can tell of what kind they were : that is round like Pictish houses or not'. (? Possibly a reference to the chambered cairns etc in this vicinity eg NC82NE 2, NC82NE 3, NC82NE 7, NC82NE 10, NC82NE 20 )
A B Taylor 1938; J Mackay 1894

This site of this alleged castle was not established during field investigation.
Visited by OS (E G C) 31 May 1961

 
Books and References

Gray, J (1922) Sutherland and Caithness in saga time,
Page(s): 147

Mackay, J (1894b) 'Sutherland place names', Trans Gaelic Soc Inverness, vol.18
Page(s): 185-6

OPS (1855) Origines parochiales Scotiae: the antiquities ecclesiastical and territorial of the parishes of Scotland,, vol.2, 2 Edinburgh
Page(s): 741 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.BAN

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