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Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Site Name Balmae

Classification Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Balmae House; Balmae 5

Canmore ID 63987

Site Number NX64SE 8

NGR NX 68700 44699

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kirkcudbright
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Stewartry
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX64SE 8 687 447.

The following markings were noted by Coles on W-sloping rock outcrops some 300 yds (270m) SE of Balmae House: (a) a cup-and-five-complete rings 60cm in diameter, and also four concentric rings with no cup; and (b), immediately below 'a', five concentric rings 46cm in diameter, no cup. These marks were not found by RCAHMS, who visited the area in 1911, nor by Bailey in 1965. (See Coles, fig. 6 for sketch, followed by Morris.)

F R Coles 1895a; RCAHMS 1914; R W B Morris and D C Bailey 1967;

R W B Morris 1979.

Not located.

Visited by OS (DWR) 14 April 1971.

The cup-and-ring marks illustrated by Coles (1895, fig.6) could not be found on the date of visit.

Visited by RCAHMS (DCC) 26 November 2002

FR Coles 1895a


Note (16 April 2019)

Date Fieldwork Started: 16/04/2019

Compiled by: ScRAP

Location Notes: Although several attempts were made to locate this panel over several days fieldwork, it was not located in the field. The line of exposed W-sloping outcrops on the external SE side of the Balmae House walled garden were cleaned and checked for motifs. These lie approximately 270m SE of the original location of Balmae House. In addition, as there is no mention of the garden wall in the records, the internal outcrops along the same wall were also checked.


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