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Deil's Jingle North, linear earthwork

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale East and Eskdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.2274 / 55°13'38"N

Longitude: -3.1746 / 3°10'28"W

OS Eastings: 325382

OS Northings: 593200

OS Grid: NY253932

Mapcode National: GBR 678Z.HY

Mapcode Global: WH6X3.6WJ0

Entry Name: Deil's Jingle North, linear earthwork

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4458

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: linear earthwork, dyke

Location: Eskdalemuir

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is the northern surviving section of the medieval linear earthwork known as the Deil?s Jingle. The earthwork is a major medieval estate boundary, perhaps between the lands of Tomleuchar and Watcarrick. Its banks measures between 1m and 2m across and up to 0.5m high. There is little trace of a ditch. Few medieval linear monuments of this length survive; those that do are extremely vulnerable to piecemeal destruction. This section of the Deil?s Jingle which is c. 810m long, is one of two remnants of a greater whole. Parts of this section have been ploughed and planted with trees but much survives in forestry rides. The earthwork incorporates the bank of a prehistoric settlement at one point; the settlement is the subject of an earlier scheduling proposal. An area measuring 810m in overall length, broken at two points (one at the settlement, the other where the monument is obliterated) and 10m across is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is a moderately well preserved section of a rare class, that of major medieval land divisions. Parts of the earthwork have already been destroyed. What is left is of national importance to the theme of the use of the medieval landscape. The monument is of particular importance because of its useful stratigraphic relationship to the, presumably, earlier settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NY 29 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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