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Erncrogo Loch, fish ponds 400m south of Erncrogo

A Scheduled Monument in Castle Douglas and Crocketford, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9881 / 54°59'17"N

Longitude: -3.9658 / 3°57'56"W

OS Eastings: 274318

OS Northings: 567711

OS Grid: NX743677

Mapcode National: GBR 0BRR.6Q

Mapcode Global: WH4VM.1WTF

Entry Name: Erncrogo Loch, fish ponds 400m S of Erncrogo

Scheduled Date: 10 March 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7712

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: fish ponds

Location: Crossmichael

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Castle Douglas and Crocketford

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument comprises a series of artificial ponds lying in a low-lying area to the W of Erncrogo Loch, and believed to be fish ponds of medieval or later date.

An elongated wet area, running approximately NE-SW, is crossed by several lines of drystone walling running NW-SE, which once served to separate it into a series of discrete enclosed bodies of water. These walls, which appear to extend down to hard ground, are partly on dry land, partly in land which floods seasonally and partly in land which is permanently wet, indicating that at the time of their construction the water-table lay higher than at present. At least 12 such walls exist, in varying degrees of completeness, and at the NE end is a short stretch of wall running at right angles down the centre of the depression. None of the walls stands to any great height, and there has been considerable disturbance in the centre of the NE end of the site, where a feeding pond for wildfowl has been created by mechanical excavator some time after 1984. There are local accounts of substantial baulks of shaped timber being removed during drainage operations in the 1950s.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, defined by modern fences on the NW and SW sides, and measures a maximum of 190m NE-SW by 80m NW-SE, to include the whole of the seasonally wet area where the walls occur and also areas to the NW and SE where they may continue below the present ground surface. Excluded from scheduling are the modern fences and also the bird-feeder standing in open water in the NE end of the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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