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'The Doon', Twynholm

Fort (Period Unassigned)

Site Name 'The Doon', Twynholm

Classification Fort (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 64068

Site Number NX65SE 3

NGR NX 6603 5438

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NX65SE 3 6603 5438

(NX 6603 5438) The Doon (Earthworks) (NR)

OS 6" map (1910)

"The Doon" - This fort is now very indefinite, occupying the south end of the summit of a prominent hill... 325 feet above sea level. There is a central disc with a slight bank around it, measuring some 78 feet from north to south by 82 feet from east to west. Towards the south of this there are faint indications of a double trench with an intervening rampart, the whole measuring 101 feet across, while towards the north there are the remains of a trench about 30 feet wide. Around the edge of the summit from south to south-west is a well-defined scarp some 6 feet in height. An old dyke and trench cross the centre of the summit from north to south.

RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; F R Coles 1893

The remains of this fort are generally as described by RCAHMS. Only on the south side of the central area is a bank visible. Outside this central area, encircling the west side, is a prominent scarp, c.2.0m high, which may be the 6 ft high well-defined scarp mentioned by


Re-surveyed at 1:2500.

Mr A E Truckell, Dumfries Museum, confirmed that the fort is known as "The Doon".

Visited by OS (EGC) 9 February 1965.


Field Visit (30 September 1952)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.


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