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Arran, Cnoc Ballygowan

Fort (Prehistoric)

Site Name Arran, Cnoc Ballygowan

Classification Fort (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 39617

Site Number NR92NW 1

NGR NR 9202 2911

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Ayrshire
  • Parish Kilmory
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cunninghame
  • Former County Buteshire

Archaeology Notes (1977)

NR92NW 1 9202 2911

(NR 9202 2911) Fort (NR).

OS 1" map, (1960)

NR 9202 2911 Unfinished fort (OS 6" map annotated by A L F Rivet, undated) An oval area of six acres on the summit of Cnoc Ballygown, enclosed by a weak bank and ditch is visible on air photographs. The ditch is up to 1.0m in depth, following the contours and enclosing an area some 900ft NE-SW by 500ft transversely. No entrances were observed, but on the N side, the easiest approach, there were several poorly defined causeways. The bank appears to be composed entirely of earth. On the W side the ground falls steeply away, but no use has been made of this, the ditch being some 50ft further up the hill.

(Visible on OS air photographs 58.980: 3047-9).

Visited by OS (D G B) 24 September 1953.

An unfinished fort generally as described above enclosing an area of about 3.0 hectares, survives as a contour-following terrace 2.0m wide around all but the north-east side. On the south-east and north sides this terrace becomes a shallow waterfilled ditch. There are two adjacent breaks in the N side, but they are too ill-defined to identify as causeways.

The interior rises to a level top which is approximately 10.0m above the terrace.

Surveyed at 1:2500 and at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (B S) 13 October 1977.


Field Visit (6 August 1957)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.


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