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Deil's Jingle South, linear earthwork

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

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Latitude: 55.2111 / 55°12'39"N

Longitude: -3.1724 / 3°10'20"W

OS Eastings: 325492

OS Northings: 591389

OS Grid: NY254913

Mapcode National: GBR 6885.ZS

Mapcode Global: WH6X9.78KY

Entry Name: Deil's Jingle South, linear earthwork

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4457

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: linear earthwork, dyke

Location: Eskdalemuir

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is the southern surviving section of the medieval linear earthwork known as the Deil?s Jingle. The earthwork is a major medieval estate boundary, possibly that between Tomleuchar and Watcarrick. The bank of the earthwork is between 1m and 2m across and up to 0.5m high. The ditch is usually on the uphill side and measures up to 2m across and 0.2m deep. In places there are traces of a slight bank on the uphill (E) side. Few medieval linear monuments of this length survive; those that do are extremely vulnerable to piecemeal destruction. This section of the Deil?s Jingle, which is about 850m long is one of two remnants of greater whole. For its first c. 220m it has been ploughed and planted with trees but survives as a recognisable bank; for most of the remainder of its length it lies unploughed in a forest rides. An area measuring 850m long and 10m wide along the line of the monument is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is a moderately well preserved section of a rare class, that of major medieval land divisions. Parts of the earthwork have already been destroyed. What is left is of national importance to the theme of the organisation of the medieval landscape. In the best preserved section, the contemporary old land surface will survive; study of this will be of national importance to the theme of the use of the medieval landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NY 29 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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