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Craigbirnoch,enclosure 220m north west of

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

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Latitude: 54.9826 / 54°58'57"N

Longitude: -4.8625 / 4°51'44"W

OS Eastings: 216931

OS Northings: 569077

OS Grid: NX169690

Mapcode National: GBR 40.X8MW

Mapcode Global: WH2S3.81S4

Entry Name: Craigbirnoch,enclosure 220m NW of

Scheduled Date: 22 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5045

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: New Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument is an enclosure of the later Bronze Age or Iron Age situated on a low knoll to the NW of Craigbirnoch. It measures 8.5m NE-SW overall by 8m transversely and consists of a low stony bank, 0.3m high and 2m thick with an entrance to the SE. To the N is a stony mound 2.3m in diameter and 0.3m high.

The area to be scheduled includes the enclosure, the stony mound, and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use may be found. It measures 30m in diameter, centred on the enclosure, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric enclosure which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 16 NE 92.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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