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Carn Na Feinne

Chambered Cairn


In effecting some improvements, a few years ago, on the farm of Ardross, it was found necessary to remove one of these cairns; but the people had a tradition that "the plague was buried under it," and refused to touch it; and it was with no small difficulty, that they were at length induced to assist in its removal.
This extract from the Rosskeen chapter of the 1834-45 Statistical Account could refer to Carn Na Feinne (which is certainly near Ardross), but I guess even if not, it gives an idea of local beliefs about cairns. There's not much of it left - just the thick slabs of sandstone and schist that made up the chamber.
In some of the cairns which were removed, sculls and bones of a very large size were found. One of these cairns bears the name of Carna nam Fiann, i.e. the cairn of the Fingalians.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
22nd October 2011ce

Comments (1)

Aye Rhiannon - your giving me inspiration. I like the look of this one and the cairn at Baldoon (to the NE).

I feel a day off work coming up.
strathspey Posted by strathspey
23rd October 2011ce
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