Breachacha Castle, Coll: excavation and field survey, 1965-8

D J Turner (Author)

John G Dunbar (Author)

Pottery, Courtyard, Field Survey, Barra Cattle, Sheep Bones, Wheelmade Wares
Early 15th Century, Late 16th, 17th Centuries, Later 17th Century, 16th Century


[NM 160358]. To an early 15th century tower-house was added a courtyard enclosed by a crenellated curtain-wall and containing a single-storey hall. Major alterations in the late 16th and 17th centuries included the construction of an artillery defence, and in the later 17th century the hall was replaced by a three-storeyed dwelling-house. The same designer may have been responsible for the initial lay-out of both Breachacha and Kiessiemul on Barra. Cattle and sheep bones underline the argument against the "autumn killing" myth. Hebridean Craggan ware was the only pottery used until the importation of wheel-made wares began at the end of the 16th century. Abandonment came c 1750. A R


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Turner, D. J., & Dunbar, J. G. (1973). Breachacha Castle, Coll: excavation and field survey, 1965-8. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 102, 155–187.