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Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Whirlpool

Classification Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 60453

Site Number NX04NE 20

NGR NX 0662 4898

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NX04NE 20 0662 4898.

(NX 067 493) There is a standing stone at Whirlpool, near the hilltop, 220 yds SE of the road and 15 yds from the SW wall. It has a deep, nearly complete circular cup mark at the W side of the N face, about 3 1/2' above the ground.

J Y Simpson 1867 ; R W B Morris and D C Bailey 1967.

NX 0662 4898: This standing stone is 1.1m high x 0.65m wide x 0.35m thick and is aligned NE-SW. The incomplete circular depression, 0.18m in diameter x 0.04m deep, is not a cup-mark.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (J P) 16 December 1970

This standing stone is situated on sloping ground 260m SSE of Whirlpool farmhouse; it is an irregularly shaped slab measuring in maximum of 0.7m by 0.4m and 1.3m in height. What are probably the packing stones of its socket, a concentration of boulders (measuring about 0.8m from NE to SW by 0.4m) at the foot of the stone, are visible in a deep hollow that has been eroded on the uphill (SE) side. Two possible plough scars near the foot of the SE corner of the stone may indicate that it was set up relatively recently. There are no cup-marks on this stone.

J Y Simpson 1866; R W B Morris 1966; RCAHMS 1985, visited (SH) August 1984

This stone now lies fallen at the cited location, near the edge of the field.

Information from Mr J Tindal, 109 Fernieside Crescent, Edinburgh, 27 September 1995.


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