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Unthank,settlement 300m north east of

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

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Latitude: 55.2441 / 55°14'38"N

Longitude: -2.9625 / 2°57'44"W

OS Eastings: 338902

OS Northings: 594859

OS Grid: NY389948

Mapcode National: GBR 77RS.FY

Mapcode Global: WH7YB.GGJ4

Entry Name: Unthank,settlement 300m NE of

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4736

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped settlement; Secular: settlement, including deserted, dep

Location: Ewes

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a pre-improvement settlement comprising four distinct enclosures, within an overall enclosed area of approximately 75m (E-W) by 50m (N-S) possibly overlying an Iron Age settlement. It was abandoned between 1718 and 1810. There is a scarp and bank around the W and N and a simple scarp along the steep S side. A pronounced inturned entrance is centred to the W side. There are four rectangular buildings, the best preserved measuring 14.2m by 3.6m internally.

The settlement has been interpreted as a manorial site, the seat of the Lovel family. Though RCAHMS has thrown some doubt on this interpretation it is still a distinct possibility. The matter can only be resolved by excavation. An ill-defined scooped area at the SW end may be the site of an Iron Age settlement. An area 100m (WSW-ENE) by 65m transversely is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance to the theme of pre-improvement settlement and economy. If it is a manorial site it is of considerable importance to the theme of the organisation of society in the medieval period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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