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Beattock Hill, settlement 700m west of Hillside Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale North, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.3082 / 55°18'29"N

Longitude: -3.4722 / 3°28'20"W

OS Eastings: 306644

OS Northings: 602552

OS Grid: NT066025

Mapcode National: GBR 4761.2Z

Mapcode Global: WH5VF.MVR1

Entry Name: Beattock Hill, settlement 700m W of Hillside Cottages

Scheduled Date: 15 March 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10789

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Kirkpatrick-Juxta

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale North

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement dating from the later prehistoric period, visible as upstanding earthworks and stone wall footings.

The settlement lies at around 225m OD, on a small spur located on the NW facing slope of Beattock Hill, overlooking the Garpol Water. The roughly oval settlement has maximum internal dimensions of 40m N-S by 25m E-W, defined by a substantial stone wall originally 3-3.5m wide but now spread up to 12m wide and standing 0.5m high. The remains of two circular buildings of different constructional styles lie within the enclosure. A stone-built hut circle occupies the highest point of the enclosure in the SE of the site. It measures about 8m in internal diameter, defined by a low bank up to 2.5m thick and 0.2m high with an entrance on the SW side. A second house-site lies at the N end of the interior and is marked by a shallow ring-ditch, measuring up to 9m in overall diameter and 2.8m in breadth, with an entrance on the W. The original entrance to the enclosure itself also appears to have been on the W side: a second gap in the wall on the SE side is probably comparatively recent. The low walls of a subrectangular building, 11m by 5m, overlying the N side of the enclosure are probably another recent addition to the site.

The area to be scheduled is roughly oval on plan and includes the remains described above and an area around them in which features relating to their construction and use may be expected to survive. It measures 65m N-S by 60m E-W, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our understanding of later prehistoric settlement and economy. The relationship between the two circular buildings within the enclosure is of particular interest, and the potential for comparative study between this monument and a number of roughly contemporary settlement sites in the immediate vicinity adds to its importance as an archaeological resource.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NT00SE4.


RCAHMS 1977a, EASTERN DUMFRIESSHIRE: AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE, Edinburgh, No. 709 (enclosure) and No. 1534 (subrectangular building), figure 60.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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