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West Skelston, White Cairn

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name West Skelston, White Cairn

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 65098

Site Number NX88NW 19

NGR NX 8235 8551

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Dunscore
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Nithsdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes

NX88NW 19 8235 8551.

NX 8235 8551 White Cairn (NAT)

OS 6" map (1924)

A large stony mound 24.0m in diameter and 2.0m high is situated on a slight crest in a pasture field. Its circumference is defined by the limit of ploughing but there is otherwise no definite edge or kerbing. It appears to be mainly composed of dumped stone and consequently its original purpose and nature cannot be established.

There are a large number of similar, but generally smaller, stony mounds and tree rings in the neighbouring fields. Most of these features are centred on outcrops of rock and are obviously stone clearance heaps.

The field in which this mound stands is known as White Cairn. (Mr P Williams, West Skelston, Dunscore)

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (BS) 14 December 1977

This cairn is situated on the crest of a spur and measures 23m in diameter and 3m in height; it has been partly robbed and has been supplemented by large boulders relatively recently.

(Nith 98)

Visited by RCAHMS (DCC) 26 November 1991.


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