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Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Kirkbride

Classification Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 64539

Site Number NX75SW 15

NGR NX 7452 5413

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

NX75SW 15 7452 5413.

(NX 745 542) There are slight remains of a sub-oval earthwork on the crest of a ridge 200 yds SE of Kirkbride, at a height of 550' OD. It has measured c. 170' NW-SE by c. 130' transversely within a bank and external ditch. A fragment of the bank, 10' wide and 1' high survives at the SE apex, but elsewhere its course is merely indicated by a low scarp while the ditch is only intermittently traceable on the ground by a faint depression. A segment of the ditch on the SW side, no longer visible on the ground, may be seen as a crop-mark on APs (106G/Scot/UK 42: 3037-8). An entrance at the SE apex is doubtless original, and there may have been another on the WNW arc. The interior, now rough pasture, has formerly been ploughed, and shows no signs of structures.

RCAHMS TS., visited 1952

NX 7452 5413: Generally as described by RCAHMS. Internally only the W half of the site has been cultivated. The E side contains the probable remains of a ring-groove timber house 7.0m in diameter, and there is a possibility of a similar house site on the N side. The non-defensive position of the site indicates that it is a settlement.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (DWR) 23 February 1972.


Field Visit (3 October 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This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project.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.

Reference (1957)

This site is noted in the ‘List of monuments discovered during the survey of marginal land (1951-5)’ (RCAHMS 1957, xiv-xviii). The 286 monuments were listed by county, parish, classification and name, and the list included an indication of whether they had been planned (P), whether they were visible only as a cropmark (C), and whether they were worthy of preservation (*).

Drawings are catalogued to individual site records. Investigator's notebooks are availiable in the MS collection. Site descriptions are availiable in contemporary RCAHMS inventories, or in three typescript volumes availiable in the library.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 24 October 2012

Desk Based Assessment (July 2011 - February 2012)

A desk-based assessment and reconnaissance field survey have been carried out for the proposed wind farm. Nine sites and features of historic environment interest, along with numerous quarries and clearance cairns / spreads and four former roads, have been identified within the proposed wind farm site. The majority of the sites and features within the proposed wind farm area are associated with medieval or later settlement and agrarian activity. One site of possible prehistoric date was also identified. Three direct impacts are predicted for historic environment sites and features identified within the proposed wind farm. In most cases impacts on these sites would only affect a limited proportion of each site. An impact of minor significance is predicted for two sites, former building and enclosure (6) and former farmstead (10a). These direct effects can be offset by mitigation and no residual impacts are predicted. One additional impact of negligible significance is predicted for one clearance cairn. A significant residual indirect impact has been predicted on the setting of Kirkbride, settlement (MDG4125), a NSR site considered by the DGC to be of potential national importance. No significant residual indirect effects are predicted on the setting of other key historic environment assets in the wider landscape.

Funder: RES

CFA Archaeology Ltd


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