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Sorbie,settlement 650m north west of

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

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Latitude: 55.2061 / 55°12'21"N

Longitude: -3.0024 / 3°0'8"W

OS Eastings: 336306

OS Northings: 590658

OS Grid: NY363906

Mapcode National: GBR 78G7.SL

Mapcode Global: WH7YH.VDHT

Entry Name: Sorbie,settlement 650m NW of

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4411

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Ewes

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is an enclosed settlement of the Iron Age, situated on a level area on the SE flank of Parson?s Rig. The settlement is sub-oval in plan measuring 60m (NE-SW) x 50m transversely within a spread stone wall, once probably 2m wide, but now spread to a light scatter 3-4m wide. There is an entrance 3m wide on the SE side. The wall was probably never of any great height, in common with some other monuments of the period in Ewesdale and Eskdale. There are no visible house stances but experience on other sites would suggest that such remains will survive below topsoil level. A rectangular area measuring 100m (WSW-ENE) x 80m transversely is proposed for scheduling, to include the visible remains and an area round them in which traces of contemporary activity will survive below the ground surface.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance to the theme of Iron Age settlement and economy; considerable information on the way of life of the inhabitants and on their houses and economic system will survive. Taken with other broadly similar sites in Ewesdale and Eskdale, particularly the nearby monuments at Terrona and Brieryshaw Hill, the monument is of national importance to the theme of the organisation of the Iron Age landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the monument as NY 39 SE 13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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