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Napper's Cottage,chambered cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.0112 / 55°0'40"N

Longitude: -4.4905 / 4°29'25"W

OS Eastings: 240839

OS Northings: 571352

OS Grid: NX408713

Mapcode National: GBR 4G.VJC3

Mapcode Global: WH3T6.Z9TP

Entry Name: Napper's Cottage,chambered cairn

Scheduled Date: 26 April 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5676

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Minnigaff

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument comprises a chambered cairn of Neolithic date, belonging to the group known as Clyde cairns.

The cairn appears to be of elongated oval shape, with minimum dimensions of 25m east-west by 15m although much of it is now grassed over and its precise shape and margins are difficult to ascertain. The cairn survives to a height of approximately 1.5m above the surrounding ground surface, and this, together with quantities of loose stone on its upper surface, make it a clearly visible feature in the landscape.

Five chambers, defined by large slabs, are visible

in the body of the cairn. One of these is set in the E end, with two others being set into each of the N and S sides. Each chamber measures approximately 2.2m by 1m and contains loose rubble. These chambers were investigated during partial excavation of the monument in 1922, although earlier disturbance appears to have removed any artefactual material which may have originally been present within


The area to be scheduled comprises the visible extent of the monument together with an area around it in which traces of activities related to its construction and use may survive. The area so defined is rectangular, measuring approximately 60m ENE-WSW by 30m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as one of the most visible and best-preserved chambered cairns of Clyde type. Although the chambers have been substantially cleared of archaeological deposits, the cairn itself has the potential to provide important evidence relating to its construction. Evidence may also survive, under and around the visible monument, relating to earlier activity on the site and any earlier phases of cairn construction which might have preceded the visible structure. Additionally, material sealed by the cairn has the potential to preserve evidence of the Neolithic and earlier environment of the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 47 SW 1.


Edwards A J H, 1922-23, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 57, 55-65.

Henshall A 1972, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Vol. 2, 450-2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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