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Dun Nosebridge

Hillfort

<b>Dun Nosebridge</b>Posted by Neil-NewXImage © Neil Gordon-Orr
Nearest Town:Campbeltown (52km SE)
OS Ref (GB):   NR371601 / Sheet: 60
Latitude:55° 45' 45.13" N
Longitude:   6° 11' 29.2" W

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<b>Dun Nosebridge</b>Posted by Neil-NewX

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Believed to be an iron age hillfort, this is an impressive structure overlooking the River Laggan valley. It features a 'flat rectangular summit, about 15m by 25m, enclosed within concentric ramparts - three main ones separated by large ditches' (Caldwell). Easily approached by footpath on road from Bridgend, where it crosses river at Mulindry Bridge. Name derives from Norse for 'fort on the crag', but the site predates the Vikings' arrival on Islay.

Source for quote: Islay, Jura and Colonsay: a historical guide - David H. Caldwell (Birlinn, Edingburgh, 2001).
Posted by Neil-NewX
26th November 2006ce

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[In the photograph] are two "celts." The lower one is nearly black (basalt?) the upper one is of a very light grey and in perfect condition. Both are of hard close-grained stone. The interest attaching to them is that they are "fairy arrows." They were found at Mulindry Glen, near what appears in the maps as Dun Nosebridge, locally called Nosbreac, Islay. The original owner of them, when handing them to the lady from whom they were received, said "they were in the possession of her father and her grandfather and were always called saigheadan shith and were saigheadan shith." In Eigg these seem to be called Ceapa-Sithein, as if they had been used for blocking something on, as a shoemaker's last is used.
Charms, etc., Figured on Plate IX
R. C. MacLagan
Folklore, Vol. 14, No. 3. (Sep. 29, 1903), pp. 298-300.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
9th December 2006ce