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A Scheduled Monument in Lochar, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.1655 / 55°9'55"N

Longitude: -3.6827 / 3°40'57"W

OS Eastings: 292906

OS Northings: 586979

OS Grid: NX929869

Mapcode National: GBR 28QQ.J3

Mapcode Global: WH5W3.DFLD

Entry Name: Mullach,fort

Scheduled Date: 22 July 1937

Last Amended: 20 February 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM657

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Kirkmahoe

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Lochar

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument consists of the remains of an Iron Age hillfort,

situated on the summit of Mullach.

The fort encloses an area some 110m E-W by 120m, and is defended by concentric stone-built walls about 25-28m apart. The inner wall is slight, and only visible on the S part of the circuit, as a grassed- over bank some 0.3m high. The outer wall survives as a grassy bank up

to 2m wide and 0.5m high. Again, it is best preserved in the S

portion, the N part showing as a slight scarp only. A gap in the

walls at the SE side suggests an entrance, but the site is too

heavily overgrown for more detail to be recorded.

There are reports of vitrified material (stones fused by heat,

perhaps from the burning of a timber-laced rampart) from the site,

but no such material is visible now. The hill is recorded as a beacon-stance in 1448, but whether this was on the grounds of contemporary use or the discovery of burnt stones at that time is not known.

The area to be scheduled is an irregular polygon taking in the summit

of the hill and measuring a maximum of 210m N-S by 210m E-W, to

include the fort, its ramparts or walls, and a small area outside in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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