Ackergill

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Ackergill
Ackergill.JPG
Ackergill Tower
Ackergill is located in Caithness
Ackergill
Ackergill
Location within the Caithness area
OS grid referenceND351530
Council area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtKW1 4
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AmbulanceScottish
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UK
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58°27′40″N 3°06′45″W / 58.46113°N 3.11237°W / 58.46113; -3.11237Coordinates: 58°27′40″N 3°06′45″W / 58.46113°N 3.11237°W / 58.46113; -3.11237

Ackergill is a settlement in the Wick, Caithness,[1] in the Highland Council area of Scotland.

History[edit]

In Ackergill is a famous tower/castle named Ackergill Tower. In the 1920s, archaeologists excavated an ancient cemetery in an elongated sand mound at Ackergill, finding ten graves with sixteen burials. Most inhumations were in long cists. Grave goods were found in only one of the burials. A Pictish symbol stone depicting the lower part of a fish together with a rectangular symbol bore the Ogham inscription “NEHTERI,” meaning “Neht, son of Etrios.” It is believed the burial ground may have been important through the first and second centuries.[2]

Economy[edit]

Despite being a small village, Ackergill used to have a lifeboat station, which served the increasing volume of shipping that began to pass through the area with the rise of the herring industry at nearby Wick from the mid-19th century; in poor weather, vessels often sought shelter in Sinclair's Bay. The lifeboat station is no longer used.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Microsoft; Nokia (27 February 2017). "Ackergill" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Ackergill Cemetery". Caithness Archaeology. Caithness Archaeological Trust. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  3. ^ Overview of the lifeboat
Standing stone at Ackergill Mains farm