Argyll

Western Scotland
Western Scotland burial sites
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Midross, Carrick Golf Course

Midross

Boiden

In advance of full publication the information on this site is limited. Survey work in 2005 prior to the creation of the Carrick Golf Course on the shore of Loch Lomond south of Luss (north of Glasgow on the first map) uncovered a circular enclosure which included fifteen burials of which six or eight (the two preliminary reports are not in agreement) were accompanied burials. Artefacts with the burials included knives, a shale finger ring and bracelets (including a child’s), a whetstone from Norway, a tool, and a coin of Aethelred I of Wessex (d. 871). A shield-boss found in the ditch around the enclosure may represent another burial. The burials are close to evidence for craft activity. They are also close to the Boiden burial (below). The site was previously on raised ground (see the 1856 OS map) but the creation of the golf course has completely altered the topography. It is possible that Loch Lomond was visible from the site before the trees and golf club buildings were erected. The viewshed map is based on the location of the Midross cemetery. The Boiden mound would have been more visible but as its exact location is not known a map has not been made.

GPS: N 56° 02.279, W 004° 38.357
NGR: NS 356 860

G. MacGregor, 2009, ‘Changing People Changing Landscapes: excavation at The Carrick, Midross, Loch Lomond’, Historic Argyll: 8-13. Available at  http://www.lahsoc.org.uk/journals/journal_2009/4%20Midross.pdf

C. Buchanan, 2012, ‘Scandinavians in Strathclyde: multiculturalism, material culture and manufactured identities in the Viking Age’, in A. Ritchie (ed.) Historic Bute: Land and People (Edinburgh, Society for Northern Studies), 17-32.

 

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Boiden Mound, Carrick Golf Club
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Boiden from the Midross site

In 1851 the planting of a tree in a mound (known as Boiden) previously marked by a cairn revealed a bent sword, shield and spear close to the top of the mound. Although possibly a cenotaph it is more likely that this was a burial, especially considering how close it is to the Midross site. The location of the burial near the top of the mound suggests that it was a secondary burial in a prehistoric mound. The site is probably near or under the cottage. The site is on a natural mound/hill which has been levelled to build a house. The site is particularly visible when approached from the south or west. I would like to thank Colleen Batey for discussion on the location of the Boiden burial.

GPS: N 56° 02.293, W 004° 38.445
NGR: NS 3554 8600

J. Stewart, 1851-54, ‘Notice of the Discovery of some ancient arms and armour, near Glenfruin, on the estate of Sir James Colquhoun of Luss, Baronet’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 1: 142-45.

 

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