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Seven Brethren, stone circle, Whiteholme Rig

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale North, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.1322 / 55°7'55"N

Longitude: -3.2292 / 3°13'45"W

OS Eastings: 321725

OS Northings: 582673

OS Grid: NY217826

Mapcode National: GBR 59W3.P1

Mapcode Global: WH6XN.C8JD

Entry Name: Seven Brethren, stone circle, Whiteholme Rig

Scheduled Date: 30 June 1939

Last Amended: 8 September 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM639

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Tundergarth

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale North

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

Description

The monument comprises a stone circle of prehistoric date, visible as a series of prostrate stones. The monument was first scheduled in 1939, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains. The present rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument is situated in the glen of the Water of Milk in a field of improved pasture at about 195m OD. In 1912 the site was recorded as having seven or eight stones remaining of an original twelve, four of which were still upright. The eighth stone existed as little more than a point protruding through the turf to the NE of the centre of the circle. In 1970 an outlying stone was noted 10m to the N, but it is impossible to say if it formed part of the original circle.

The remains today consist of at least seven stones with the possible remains of another two. All the stones are prostrate ? two are lying in hallows and of those remaining many are partially buried, all are broken, some of them into several fragments. The distance between opposing stones on the perimeter varies from 19m to 23m. Although the site has suffered damage over the years, other evidence of the circle will survive beneath the ground surface.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is a slightly irregular round shape measuring 40m N-S by 48m E-W. The outlying stone to the N still exits but is excluded from the schedule.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NY28SW 3.

References:

Burl A 1976a, THE STONE CIRCLES OF THE BRITISH ISLES, London and New Haven, 357, No, Dumfries 11.

Feacham RW 1963b, A GUIDE TO PREHISTORIC SCOTLAND, London, 75, 1st.

Heggie D C 1981, MEGALITHIC SCIENCE: ANCIENT MATHEMATICS AND ASTRONOMY IN THE NORTH-WEST EUROPE, London, 154.

RCAHMS 1920, SEVENTH REPORT AND INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTY OF DUMFRIES, Edinburgh, HMSO, 206-7, No. 603.

RCAHMS 1977a, EASTERN DUMFRIESSHIRE: AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE, Edinburgh, HMSO, 112, 296 No. 559.

Thom A 1967a, MEGALITHIC SITES IN BRITAIN, Oxford, 137 No. G 7/2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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