Torhousekie

Stone Circle

Site Name Torhousekie

Classification Stone Circle

Alternative Name(s) Torhouse Stone Circle; Standing Stones Of Torhouse; King Gauldus's Tomb

Canmore ID 62843

Site Number NX35NE 14

NGR NX 38255 56493

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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

Archaeology Notes

NX35NE 14 38255 56493.

(NX 3825 5649) Standing Stones of Torhouse (NR)

OS 6" map (1957)

Stone Circle consisting of 19 granite boulders set on end on the circumference of a circle about 60' - 65' in diameter. Three upright boulders stand in a line near the centre of the circle. The low arc of rubble adjoining these to the NW may be of later date than the boulders. The stones range in height from about 2' to 4'9". The interior of the circle has been made a dumping ground for field clearance, but it is not so stony as to suggest the site of a cairn which has been removed.

In 1684 the three central stones were known as 'King Gauldus's Tomb' - Galdus being a mythical Scottish king.

Under Guardianship.

A Symson 1823; RCAHMS 1912; R W Feachem 1963.

As described by Feachem.

Name confirmed (Ministry of Public Buildings and Works plaque).

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 18 August 1970.

Scheduled as Torhouse Stone Circle.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 16 July 2002.

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