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Unthank,church & burial ground 100m east of

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

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Latitude: 55.2431 / 55°14'35"N

Longitude: -2.9649 / 2°57'53"W

OS Eastings: 338744

OS Northings: 594746

OS Grid: NY387947

Mapcode National: GBR 77QT.W9

Mapcode Global: WH7YB.FGCX

Entry Name: Unthank,church & burial ground 100m E of

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4768

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: burial ground, cemetery, graveyard

Location: Ewes

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument comprises the remains of a 13th century church dedicated to St Martin and the burial ground surrounding it. The church survives as turf covered footings c. 0.4m high, measuring 21m (E-W) by 10m transversely. A modern mausoleum overlies the E end. The burial ground is surrounded by a stone wall, ruinous at the NW end.

It is split in two by a post and wire fence running NE-SW some 19m from the SE wall. To the SE of the fence are nineteenth century tombstones. The area to the NW is now featureless and seems not to have been disturbed by later burials. Mature trees grow along the inner side of the wall on all four sides.

The plan of the church will survive at floor level. As the NW end of the burial ground was abandoned at the Reformation an undisturbed medieval cemetery probably survives there. An area 41m square, being the area delineated by the boundary walls of the burial ground, is proposed for scheduling. The walls are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance to the theme of medieval religious architecture and medieval rural demography.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NY 39 SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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