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Mains of Airies,farmstead 900m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Stranraer and the Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9598 / 54°57'35"N

Longitude: -5.1773 / 5°10'38"W

OS Eastings: 196677

OS Northings: 567414

OS Grid: NW966674

Mapcode National: GBR FHLL.P9G

Mapcode Global: WH1QT.FLVM

Entry Name: Mains of Airies,farmstead 900m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4880

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: farmstead

Location: Kirkcolm

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Stranraer and the Rhins

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument is a pre-improvement farmstead situated in a field of improved pasture on the SW flank of Orbain Hill. It consists of a rectangular building, scooped enclosures and a second, smaller rectangular structure. The building has three compartments and measures 18.6m NNW-SSE by 6.3m overall. About 12m to the N are at least three small scooped enclosures. Attached to one is the second structure, measuring c 11m square overall.

All of the walls appearas low turf-covered banks up to 0.3m high. The area to be scheduled includes the buildings, the enclosures, and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use may befound. It measures 80m NNE-SSW by 60m transversely, bounded by, but excluding, the dyke to the SE, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a pre-improvement farmstead which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of medieval and later settlement and agriculture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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