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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Recording Moy Castle
    survey will be archived in Lochbuie House This will be the most accurate record of the latest of the numerous phases of alterations undertaken on Moy since it was built Some of the team are using the recording methods they were taught when they took part in the project run by Scotland s Rural Past They are passing on these skills to fellow volunteers who are learning to use an

    Original URL path: http://www.mull-historical-society.co.uk/daily-life/castles-fortifications/castles/moy-castle-lochbuie-2/recording-moy-castle (2016-02-17)
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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | The new handrail
    Mull on the design Once it was approved by Historic Scotland Philippe got the manufacturing under way This process was quite slow and complex and involved Philippe making several journeys from Tobermory to Lochbuie and Martin Hadlington the architect from Seil Island to measure and fit the handrail and also to install it temporarily to make sure things worked Once they were happy the handrail was dismantled to be sent away to be galvanised The photographs below all courtesy of Philippe Rigal show the handrail installation completed Click on images to enlarge Showing the support which sits on the corbel below The handrail fixed to the greenheart timber of the wall walk Philippe is very pleased with the new handrail saying the grey of the galvanised steel looks very elegant against the stone work of the castle The steel tensioning wires add immense strength but allow a clear view across to the other side of the castle and also down on to the floor below The stone corbels which can be seen clearly in the second image would originally have supported a timber roof to the chamber below Now they support the handrail above The angled handrail at the edge

    Original URL path: http://www.mull-historical-society.co.uk/daily-life/castles-fortifications/castles/moy-castle-lochbuie-2/the-new-handrail/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | The Wall-Walks
    were originally laid with slate which in many areas was broken and unsecure In consultation with Historic Scotland architect Martin Hadlington and contractor Duncan Strachan got to work The edges and bases of the walks were strengthened with greenheart timber Greenheart is rated as very durable and is also resistant to most insect attacks It is also considered to be one of the best suited woods for use in marine environments and has good weathering characteristics Although generally considered to be somewhat difficult to work on account of its density with a moderate to high blunting effect on cutters our carpenter joiner Patrick created the beautiful nibbed scarfing joints see photograph to join the timber beams together No nails or screws were used only dowels pegs made from the greenheart Once the timber was in place a bed of clay was laid to protect the remains of the original walks This was followed by a layer of turf laid grass side down and another laid grass side up Once it was certain that the turf had bedded in and had survived Caithness stone slabs were laid at about a pace apart around the walks In 2013 Phillipe Rigal of Engineering

    Original URL path: http://www.mull-historical-society.co.uk/daily-life/castles-fortifications/castles/moy-castle-lochbuie-2/the-wall-walks/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | A new roof over the Staircase
    the Staircase Moy Castle A New Roof over the Staircase During the early summer of 2013 a small team of skilled craftsmen designed and built a new roof over the staircase Within a very short time it was apparent that the new roof was doing its job The staircase was much drier and so were the floors below Click on image to enlarge Castles Fortifications Brochs Crannogs Duns Forts Castles

    Original URL path: http://www.mull-historical-society.co.uk/daily-life/castles-fortifications/castles/moy-castle-lochbuie-2/a-new-roof/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Future proofing Moy Castle
    work Scaffolding was adjusted on the other three elevations to allow for more lime work down to lower levels as we were given more money from Historic Scotland in late summer 2013 During these seven years a great deal of work has been completed to ensure the continued survival of this unique building including the addition of greenheart timber to stabilise the wall walks before they were covered with clay and turf Twenty three new lead drains were manufactured individually on site to replace the decayed earlier stone and slate drains Some archaeological work was undertaken on the upper floor prior to a new drain being laid and the floor covered with clay and turf Caithness stone slabs have been laid on both wall walk and upper floor to protect the turf A new roof was built to help keep rain out of the stair well and a new handrail was manufactured and installed by a local tradesman A new drain was installed in the space which we call The Chapel intended to remove water that accumulated in the newly laid drain on the upper floor There is still work to do but we will need to raise more funds

    Original URL path: http://www.mull-historical-society.co.uk/daily-life/castles-fortifications/castles/moy-castle-lochbuie-2/moy-castle-lochbuie/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Cists at Callachally
    the crest of an esker about 190 m east of Callachally The two side slabs and the west end slab survive in situ but the east end slab has fallen inwards The cist measures about 0 7 m by 0 5 m internally and approximately 0 6 m in depth Two Beakers fragments of a bronze blade and a greenstone bracer were donated to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

    Original URL path: http://www.mull-historical-society.co.uk/history/the-bronze-age/cists-cairns-barrows/cists-at-callachally/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Cists with Recorded Finds but No Visible Remains
    complete skeleton in a state of good preservation and nothing else The skeleton was lying on its right side with knees drawn up to chin Two other cists each contained a skull and some bones from the torso and one contained a portion of an empty urn One cist contained only an empty urn and another white water worn pebbles The two urns or food vessels were donated to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland now subsumed into the National Museum of Scotland The three skulls were take from the graves but the other bones left in situ The skulls were measured in detail by Professor Sir William Turner Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh University who founded the University s Anatomy Museum and were then included in the museum s collection The skulls all belonged to young people 10 and 12 year old girls and an 18 year old male This shows that the Bronze Age Society cared for its dead and undertook formal burials even for young females In cists at Gribun two food vessels that were found with crouched inhumation burials in cists are now in the National Museum of Scotland The precise location of the cists has not been recorded and a flint spearhead found with one of the burials cannot now be traced In 1891 a cist containing a food vessel was found at Quinish north Mull The vessel stands 14 cm high and is 13 cm in diameter at its mouth and 5 5 cm at its base The outside is decorated with impressed markings resembling a twisted cord and inside the lip is decorated with impressed zigzags This vessel is now in the National Museum of Scotland A flanged bronze axe in a private collection in Doncaster was reputed to have come from

    Original URL path: http://www.mull-historical-society.co.uk/history/the-bronze-age/cists-cairns-barrows/cists-with-recorded-finds-but-no-visible-remains/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Cairn at Aintuim
    m south west of Aintuim farmhouse overlooks the flood plain of the River Bellart from the summit of a rounded hillock about 8 m in height Roughly circular on plan and almost entirely grass covered it is 8 5 m in diameter and 1 0 m high It has been damaged by stone robbing on the north east perimeter and in the centre there is a depression 0 4 m

    Original URL path: http://www.mull-historical-society.co.uk/history/the-bronze-age/cists-cairns-barrows/cairn-at-aintuim/ (2016-02-17)
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