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Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Cairnholy

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Cairn Holy; Kirkdale Burn

Canmore ID 63757

Site Number NX55SW 6

NGR NX 51983 54134

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kirkmabreck
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX55SW 6 51983 54134

(NX 5197 5413) Chambered Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map (1957).

Cairn (NR)

OS 1" map (1965).

Location formerly entered as NX 5197 5413.

(The name 'Chambered Cairn' has been mis-applied on OS 6"). At this site, c.175 yds E of Cairnholy farm, is a much dilapidated circular cairn, 50' in diameter and 5' - 6' high. When stones were being removed from it some time before 1849, it was found to contain human bones.

Name Book 1849; RCAHMS 1914, visited 1912.

A circular cairn as described.

Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (RD) 13 March 1972

This cairn stands on a terrace above the W bank of the Kirkdale Burn, 140m ENE of Cairnholy farmsteading, in a situation which provides an open outlook to the SW. It measures 14.5m in diameter and 1.7m in height, but it has suffered considerable disturbance: the centre has been dug out and it has been clipped around the edge by ploughing.

(Cree94 201)

Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 11 April 1994.


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