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Shiel Rig,settlement 650m north of Clerkhillgrain

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

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Latitude: 55.2769 / 55°16'36"N

Longitude: -3.1538 / 3°9'13"W

OS Eastings: 326797

OS Northings: 598691

OS Grid: NY267986

Mapcode National: GBR 67FF.06

Mapcode Global: WH6WX.JMDJ

Entry Name: Shiel Rig,settlement 650m N of Clerkhillgrain

Scheduled Date: 3 June 1986

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4384

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Eskdalemuir

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a small pre-improvement farmstead, set on a terrace above Mid Grain (burn) and the Clerkhill Burn. It comprises the remains of a rectangular building measuring 9.9m by 2.5m internally joined on the SE by two rectangular enclosures (22.7m by 19.5m and 29m by 27m) containing the remains of a possible second rectangular buidling and a small, circular turf-banked enclosure. There are fragmentary banks around. An area 60m NE-SW by 55m transversely is proposed for scheduling.

The monument is of particular interest because it seems always to have lacked adjacent arable land. This and its marginal position suggest that, unlike the other pre-improvement settlements of the area, it served a pastoral function.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is nationally important to the theme of Medieval rural settlement. Considered with the broadly comparable sites nearby, it is important to the theme of the organisation of the Medieval rural economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NY29NE 52.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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