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Black Esk Bridge,farmstead and cultivation remains 680m south of

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

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Latitude: 55.1987 / 55°11'55"N

Longitude: -3.1777 / 3°10'39"W

OS Eastings: 325131

OS Northings: 590018

OS Grid: NY251900

Mapcode National: GBR 687B.T6

Mapcode Global: WH6X9.5L1F

Entry Name: Black Esk Bridge,farmstead and cultivation remains 680m S of

Scheduled Date: 31 May 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4693

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and townships

Location: Westerkirk

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is the remains of a farmstead of the period before the agricultural improvements of the 18th and 19th centuries, situated on a terrace above the Mill Burn. It was recorded as ?Donnahill? on an estate map of 1718. It comprises two rectangular platform buildings, the larger of which (measuring 14.2m by 3.1m internally) is set parallel to the contours ? this is unusual. Around it lie fragmentary traces of its associated field system. A small sample of this is included in the scheduling. An area measuring a maximum of 250m (WSW-ESE) by 60m transversely is proposed for scheduling. The fabric above ground of the modern sheepfold which lies in the area, is specifically excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is a well preserved example of its type. Archaeological excavation of the farmstead and of the surviving field banks and rig-and-furrow would provide important information on the way of life and agricultural system of the inhabitants. The monument is of national importance to the theme of pre-improvement settlement and agriculture. Taken with the broadly contemporary sites both of similar and different types in the area, the monument is of national importance to the theme of the organisation of the pre-improvement landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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