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Black Rig, linear earthwork north of Kingside Loch

A Scheduled Monument in Selkirkshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4228 / 55°25'22"N

Longitude: -3.0389 / 3°2'19"W

OS Eastings: 334342

OS Northings: 614810

OS Grid: NT343148

Mapcode National: GBR 756Q.WX

Mapcode Global: WH7XB.9Y5P

Entry Name: Black Rig, linear earthwork N of Kingside Loch

Scheduled Date: 21 April 1966

Last Amended: 19 December 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2534

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: linear earthwork, dyke

Location: Ettrick

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Selkirkshire

Traditional County: Selkirkshire


The monument to be scheduled consists of the remains of a linear earthwork, a bank and ditch known as the Black Rig. The monument was originally scheduled in 1966, but an insufficient area was included to protect all of the surviving monument; and re-scheduling in 1996 did not take account of the fact that the southernmost section of the earthwork had been damaged by forestry operations. The current re-scheduling rectifies this by excluding the damaged section.

The earthwork originally ran for approximatley 1700m on a sinuous, roughly N-S course, turning to the E towards its N end. It is best preserved at this N end, adjacent to the Back Burn, where the earthwork stands about 0.4m high with a ditch on its N side up to 1m deep. The remains of the earthwork can be traced running roughly uphill towards Kingside Loch until reaching a modern forestry boundary. The final 350m length of the earthwork has been obliterated by the creation of the forestry plantation.

The area to be scheduled is based on a 30m wide corridor centred on the crest of the earthwork, as indicated in red on the accompanying map, to include the bank, flanking ditch and an area on either side where evidence relating to their construction and use may be expected to survive. This area narrows for a stretch approximately 150m long towards its S end, where forestry works immediately adjacent to the earthwork will have damaged or destroyed the archaeological remains on its E side.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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