Portrack House, Garden
Site Name Portrack House, Garden
Alternative Name(s) Portrack House Policies
Canmore ID 132046
Site Number NX98SW 63.1
NGR NX 9389 8307
NGR Description Centred NX 9389 8307
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
- Council Dumfries And Galloway
- Parish Holywood
- Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
- Former District Nithsdale
- Former County Dumfries-shire
In 1988 Charles Jencks and Maggie Keswick created the Garden of Cosmic Speculation in the grounds of Portrack House. It is divided into five areas, each exploring the structure of the universe using the changing and curving forms of nature. The principal features of the garden are two earthworks: the 'snail mound' and the 'snake mound'.
Information from RCAHMS (SC) 21 August 2007
Jencks, C 1996
An image of this site has been nominated as one of Scotland's favourite archive images. For more information about the project visit http://www.treasuredplaces.org.uk
NX98SW 63.01 centred 9389 8307
Aerial photographs have recorded a new garden under construction for Portrack House (RCAHMSAP 1994). The garden is located on what was the site of a medieval earthwork at NX 939 831 ( ) to the N of Portrack House.
Information from RCAHMS (JH) 23 July 1998.