Stroma, Castle Mestag

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Alternative Names Mell Head
Site Type CASTLE, STACK SITE
Canmore ID 9371
Site Number ND37NW 3
NGR ND 3397 7633
Council HIGHLAND
Parish CANISBAY
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District CAITHNESS
Former County CAITHNESS
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

ND37NW 3 3397 7633

(ND 3397 7633) Castle Mestag (NR) (remains of)
OS 6" map, (1970)

Castle Mestag: On a detached rock stack, occupying nearly the whole summit, has been a small keep, now reduced to a few courses of masonry. Except by means of a bridge, the position is inaccessible. There appears to be no extant history of the structure and its existence is merely referred to in the Statistical Account (OSA, 1797).
OSA 1797; RCAHMS 1911.

The ruins of Castle Mestag have been reduced to a section of walling along the entire length of the SE side, and another piece on the NE side, some 3.0m long and 2.0m high. There does not appear to be any further walling along the NW and SW sides, but this is conjectural as the site is inaccessible.
Visited by OS (R B) 24 February 1965.

No change to the previous field report. Site inaccessible.
Visited by OS (J B) 20 July 1982.

Scheduled as 'Castle Mestag, fortified sea-stack, Stroma'.
Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 9 October 2001.

 
Books and References

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. 8, 164 Held at RCAHMS B.2.2.STA

RCAHMS (1911b) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, London
Page(s): 21, No. 58 illust Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(3).R

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