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Auchenhay Bridge

Settlement (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name Auchenhay Bridge

Classification Settlement (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Drumhumphry Hill; Auchenhay

Canmore ID 64701

Site Number NX77NE 1

NGR NX 7766 7706

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NX77NE 1 7766 7706.

NX 776 771. An earthwork which has the appearance of a rath is situated 100yds E of the road skirting Drumhumphry Hill and 150yds SE of Auchenhay Bridge. It lies in rough pasture on the floor of a narrow valley which was formerly a marsh. The work consists of a triple series of banks formed by upcast of two intervening ditches which enclose an oval area 100' NW-SE by 80'. Apart from a 10' wide entrance at the NW end, the banks were probably originally continuous and subsequently gapped in places by erosion and drainage. On the S side, where the remains are best preserved, the inner bank is 12' thick and 1'8" high; the medial bank is 22' thick, 3'3" high internally and 2'2" high externally. The ditches vary from 10' to 22' in width and are largely silted up. The interior slopes gently towards the W and shows no sign of structures.

RCAHMS TS., visited 1953; R W Feachem 1956

NX 7766 7706. This earthwork is generally as described. There are probable entrances on the E and SW. The situation and character of the remains suggest that the work was originally a settlement.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (DWR) 30 October 1973

No change to previous field report.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (TRG) 30 June 1977

Scheduled as Auchenhay, settlement.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 22 November 1991.


Field Visit (10 April 1953)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project.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


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