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Sundaywell, fort 300m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid and Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.1426 / 55°8'33"N

Longitude: -3.8672 / 3°52'1"W

OS Eastings: 281083

OS Northings: 584735

OS Grid: NX810847

Mapcode National: GBR 18FZ.K9

Mapcode Global: WH4TW.KZPY

Entry Name: Sundaywell, fort 300m N of

Scheduled Date: 29 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5556

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Dunscore

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid and Upper Nithsdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument consists of the remains of a late prehistoric or early medieval fort.

The fort is situated at the end of a low spur beside the Bogrie Burn. On the N side the steep slopes of the burn appear to form the main defence, although there are two scarped platforms which may once have carried palisades or walls. On the W side the defences cutting off the spur are three flat-bottomed ditches and two earthen ramparts. On the S and E any defences have been ploughed out. The interior, 100m E-W by 70m N-S, is featureless and no entrance is visible. The slightness of the defences and the site itself, which is not highly defensible, suggest that this may be a relatively late fortification.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, measuring a maximum of 200m E-W by 150m N-S, to include the fort, its ramparts and ditches, and an area outside in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a small fortified site of later prehistoric date in an area where such sites are relatively rare compared with unenclosed settlement. The ditches offer the possibility of evidence relating to past environment and land-use, and much of the interior plan may be recoverable by archaeological invesigation, although it has been obscured by ploughing and livestock.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX88SW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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