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Goosehill

Castle (Medieval)(Possible), Moat (Medieval)(Possible), Coin(S) (Gold)

Site Name Goosehill

Classification Castle (Medieval)(Possible), Moat (Medieval)(Possible), Coin(S) (Gold)

Canmore ID 45448

Site Number NS70NE 7

NGR NS 7881 0794

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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

Archaeology Notes

NS70NE 7 7881 0794.

(NS 7881 0794) Castle (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map (1958)

The trench around the site of this castle is still visible. A quantity of broad gold pieces were found nearby some years before 1856. Several carved stones are built in a neighbouring dyke. Nothing, not even the name, is known of this castle.

Name Book 1856

Brown mentions the find of "old gold coins" at Goosehill Castle. (Porteous notes "a quantity of broad gold pieces")

J Williams 1970; J Brown 1891; J M Porteous 1876

The air photograph shows surface markings over a considerable area.

Visible on APs CPE Scot 324: 4313.

The published site of the castle lies on an undulating north-facing hillsope. There is no evidence of earthworks and the majority of the AP marks indicate areas of natural slumping. The farmer (Mr Smiley, South Mains) regularly ploughs the area and he has not encountered stone concentrations. The nearby dyke is constructed of small stone slabs but no worked stones were visible.

Visited by OS (MJF) 3 April 1978

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