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

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Latitude: 55.2286 / 55°13'43"N

Longitude: -2.9913 / 2°59'28"W

OS Eastings: 337046

OS Northings: 593159

OS Grid: NY370931

Mapcode National: GBR 77KZ.6H

Mapcode Global: WH7YB.0VV1

Entry Name: Rigfoot,settlement

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4409

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped settlement

Location: Ewes

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a scooped settlement of the Iron Age situated on level ground at the base of a steep E-facing slope above Wolf Hope Burn. It is oval in plan and measures internally 60m (E-W) x 45m (N-S). It is enclosed by a natural scarp 3.5m high around the N and NW, and by a spread stony bank up to 6m wide and 1.1m high around the S. Rigfoot Cottage occupies the area where the bank would have run on the E side. There are the remains of at least two house stances in the enclosure. Two modern sheds, associated with the Cottage lie in the interior. The monument has well preserved field characteristics, despite modern intrusions. It contrasts, in its extremely indefensible situation with some nearby sites, although its exposed position can be paralleled elsewhere in the valley.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The settlement is of national importance to the theme of Iron Age settlement and economy. Taken with the other well preserved Iron Age settlement and small forts of Ewesdale it is of national importance to the theme of the organisation of the Iron Age landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NY 39 SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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