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Site Name Kirkmahoe

Classification Logboat

Alternative Name(s) Kirkmahoe Parish Church; Lake Burn; 'the Lake'

Canmore ID 65814

Site Number NX98SE 10

NGR NX 972 815

NGR Description NX c. 972 815

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NX98SE 10 c. 972 815.

(Approx: NX 972 815). One end of a dug-out canoe was found in The Lake, about 300 yards from the west corner of Kirkmahoe churchyard, by Mr Charles Brown and another man.

The portion recovered is 5 feet long by about 18 inches wide by 5 inches deep. The wood is oak.

It may be preserved in the Village Hall.

W McDowall 1921

This portion of canoe was in the village hall in the 1920's, but its present whereabouts is unknown. (Mrs Campbell, Meadowpark, Kirkton)

Visited by OS (WDJ) 23 June 1964.

In 1919 the remains of a logboat were found when the burn known as 'the Lake' or Lake Burn was being deepened at a point about 300 yards (275m) W of Kirkmahoe parish church. The locality is one of hilly clayland at an altitude of about 15m OD, above the haughland of the River Nith.

One end of the boat was found split into two parts, the longer of which measured 5' (1.5m) in length. The timber was identified as 'oak' and was 'greatly decayed', but the beam appeared to be about 1'6" (0.5m) and the surviving 'depth' about 5" (125mm). The form of the surviving end was a rounded point externally and a rough square internally.

Although it was intended to preserve the boat at the village hall, there is no record of its survival.

W McDowall 1921; R J C Mowat 1996.


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