Clachanmore

Stone Circle (possible)

Site Name Clachanmore

Classification Stone Circle (possible)

Canmore ID 60468

Site Number NX04NE 34

NGR NX 083 467

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Stoneykirk
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire

Archaeology Notes

NX04NE 034 083 467.

The Old Statistical Account says that on the lands of Ardwell "are some remains of druid temples and Pictish castles". 'Ardwell Broch is doubtless a 'Pictish castle', but only an occasional standing stone survives in the parish to suggest 'druid' remains. The report, however, supports Dr Trotter's statement that Clachanmore village, half a mile from Clachanmore farm, took its name "from a large Druidical Circle that formerly existed there". Sir Herbert Maxwell merely says that the name means either "the great stones, or big village", and Trotter might similarly be given a possible interpretation rather than an actual tradition. Taken in conjunction however, with the Statistical Account, his story can be respected.

OSA 1791; R Trotter 1877; H E Maxwell 1887; J Murray 1981.

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