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Cateran Hill

Cave / Rock Shelter


On the north side of the hill "there is a natural cave, called the Cateranes' Hole, formed by a narrow fissure in the freestone rock, and descending towards the west to a very great depth, at an angle of about 15 degrees. 'By this instructive name, we learn,' observes Mr. Hedley, 'that this cave has probably been, in former times, the hidden retreat of Cateranes, an old Scotch word, signifying 'bands of robbers*'

*or probably, heroic freedom fighters, depending on what side you're on.
From 'An historical, topographical, and descriptive view of the county of Northumberland' by Eneas MacKenzie (1825).

There's a picture by J C Ousby on Geograph:
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th March 2008ce
Edited 24th August 2010ce

Comments (1)

E! Ee! Eee! Cateran Hole! Eeh! Karst formations! Reivers! Rockart! Cairns! Stuff!


"heroic freedom fighters, depending on what side you're on."
Nah. Robbers. But to be fair, robbers who were probably stealing back the stuff that had been pinched from them after they'd initially nicked it from a bunch of thieves.

Nice find with the photo Rhiannon.
Hob Posted by Hob
14th March 2008ce
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