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Old Hopsrigg,farmstead 700m south west of

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

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Latitude: 55.1811 / 55°10'51"N

Longitude: -3.0868 / 3°5'12"W

OS Eastings: 330886

OS Northings: 587962

OS Grid: NY308879

Mapcode National: GBR 68WJ.HJ

Mapcode Global: WH6XJ.K19F

Entry Name: Old Hopsrigg,farmstead 700m SW of

Scheduled Date: 3 June 1986

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4388

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and townships

Location: Westerkirk

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a pre-improvement farmstead situated in the angle formed at the junction of the Hole Sike and the Glenscrub Sikes, comprising the remains of four rectangular buildings associated with enclosures. The first building measures 12m NE-SW by 4.2m transversely within substantial stone wall-footings 0.9m thick. A cross wall divides the building into two compartments. The second rectangular building measures 9m NNE-SSW by 4.4m transversely within stone wall-footings 1.1m thichk. This building may also have been divided into two compartments by a cross wall. The third rectangular building measures 7.5m WNW-ESE by 3.7m transversely within stone wall-footings 0.9m thick, now extensively removed by robbing to leave a shallow depression. A cross wall divides the building into two compartments. The fourth bulding measures 9.6m from NNE to SSW by 2.25m transversely, within stone wall-footings 0.9m thick, but extensively robbed on the SSW. What is probably an enclosure measuring 13m NNE-SSW within a stony bank lies to the SW of the first house, but is now largely overlain by a later stone built sheepfold.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument has well preserved field characteristics. This farmstead contrasts with others of a similar period in the area, in that the houses are not set on platforms cut into the fillside and is therefore important to a complete understanding of sites of this period. It is of national importance to the themes of pre-improvement settlement and agriculture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NY38NW 32.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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