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Peden's Cave, Auchinbay

Cave (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Peden's Cave, Auchinbay

Classification Cave (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 42751

Site Number NS42SE 7

NGR NS 4880 2362

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Ayrshire
  • Parish Ochiltree
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cumnock And Doon Valley
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS42SE 7 4880 2362.

(NS 4880 2362) Peden's Cave (NAT)

OS 6" map (1967)

Peden's Cave (NR)

OS 6" map (1856)

This cave measures 6ft high, 4ft wide, and about 8ft long; its bottom is about 10ft above the bed of the River Lugar. It is evidently artifical as the marks of the tools used in hollowing it out are quite visible, cut in solid freestone rock, rising vertically from the water's edge. The only way of access is from the top, by six steps, each 15 ins apart, cut in the rock. It is generally thought that the name derives from the Rev Alexander Peden (one of the most famous Covenanting ministers) having hidden there for some time.

Name Book 1856

No change to the previous information.

Visited by OS (MJF) 19 October 1980


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