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High Gillespie,long cairn 475m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.8365 / 54°50'11"N

Longitude: -4.7183 / 4°43'5"W

OS Eastings: 225525

OS Northings: 552466

OS Grid: NX255524

Mapcode National: GBR GHQX.X2M

Mapcode Global: WH2SR.HPFL

Entry Name: High Gillespie,long cairn 475m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1924

Last Amended: 21 December 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1939

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn

Location: Old Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument consists of the remains of a chambered long cairn of prehistoric date.

The cairn stands up to 1.5m high, and is spread to 40m by 30m, elongated ENE-WSW. The SW end appears to have been removed, beyond a more recent drystone wall. There has been a facade at the NE end, of which 5 stones remain visible. Within the cairn there have been at least 6 rectangular chambers, now largely concealed by the cairn material.

The area to be scheduled is a rectangle aligned NNE-SSW, measuring 65m NE-SW by 55m, with its SW side formed by a drystone wall and its S corner by an angle in that wall, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved cairn of the Clyde group, with the potential, through excavation and analysis, to provide important information about prehistoric ritual and burial practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NX 25 SE 17.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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