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Windy Edge

Cairn (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Windy Edge

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Tinnisburn Forest; Whisgills

Canmore ID 67908

Site Number NY48SW 7

NGR NY 4304 8389

NGR Description NY 4304 8389 and NY 4305 8386

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Canonbie
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Annandale And Eskdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes

NY48SW 7 4304 8389 and 4305 8386

(NY4303 8386) Standing Stone (NR)

OS 6" map (1957)

A standing stone, now leaning to the N, is situated 90 ft E of the E cairn described on NY48SW 1; about 130 ft to the SSE there is another similar stone. These belonged to a stone circle with a diameter of about 135 ft, six stones of which remained at the end of the 18th century.

A S Henshall 1972, visited 1956; RCAHMS 1920; OSA 1795

'A': NY 4304 8389. The leaning stone to the E of is 1.4m long, 1.1m wide and 0.3m thick. It is weathered and stands in a forestry clearing.

'B': NY 4305 8386. The second standing stone, which also leans N, is situated in dense forestry. It is 1.7m long, 1.2m wide, 0.6m thick and is heavily weathered.

Dense afforestation obscured any other possible trace of the stone circle at the time of investigation.

Surveyed at 1:10000.

Visited by OS (MJF) 1 August 1979.

(2). NY 430 839. Some 17m ESE of the Clyde cairn NY48SW 1 and on the same alignment, there is an irregular mound of stones 23m long by 4.4m broad and 1.1m high. It may be an extension of the Clyde Cairn, or a second long cairn with the upright stones at the ESE end forming part of a chamber.

(5). NY 430 838. This standing stone is situated 29m E of (2) and is situated on the edge of a mound measuring 6m in diameter. It leans to the N, but formerly measured about 1.3m in height.

(6). NY 430 838. This standing stone is situated 39m E of (5); it leans to the N and measures 1.8m in slant height.

The mound (2) is in a forestry clearing, but the other monuments are in a mature plantation.

RCAHMS 1981, visited February 1981.

The more southerly of the two standing stones on Windy Edge is as previously described, but the northern stone has fallen so that its top is now flush with the ground. A recently-cut drain has revealed a possible cairn of small boulders (measuring 6m in diameter and 0.3m in height) immediately S of the fallen stone.

Visited by RCAHMS (ARW, JRS), 16 March 1993.

Listed as 'standing stones, stone circle.'

RCAHMS 1997.

Scheduled (with NY48SW 1) as 'Whisgills, long cairn and standing stones 2230m W of...'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 23 January 2008.


Sbc Note

Visibility: This is an upstanding earthwork or monument.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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