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Portrack House, Garden

Garden (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Portrack House, Garden

Classification Garden (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Portrack House Policies

Canmore ID 132046

Site Number NX98SW 63.01

NGR NX 9389 8307

NGR Description Centred NX 9389 8307

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Holywood
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Nithsdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Treasured Places (21 August 2007)

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

Archaeology Notes

NX98SW 63.01 centred 9389 8307

See also NX98SW 57.

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 (NX98SW 57) to the N of Portrack House.

Information from RCAHMS (JH) 23 July 1998.


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