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Ernespie, remains of stone circle 200m east of Erne Hill, Castle Douglas

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

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Latitude: 54.9484 / 54°56'54"N

Longitude: -3.9145 / 3°54'52"W

OS Eastings: 277475

OS Northings: 563204

OS Grid: NX774632

Mapcode National: GBR 1C36.9Y

Mapcode Global: WH4VT.VW4C

Entry Name: Ernespie, remains of stone circle 200m E of Erne Hill, Castle Douglas

Scheduled Date: 6 February 1928

Last Amended: 14 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1011

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Kelton

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Castle Douglas and Crocketford

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument consists of the two surviving stones, and the site of the remainder of, a prehistoric stone circle.

The two stones are each about 1.5m high, and stand 2.1m apart. The E stone is triangular in section, the other being four-sided. Although there is no written description of the circle when complete, its former existence is attested by persistent local tradition.

The area to be scheduled is a circle centred on the two surviving stones and measuring 25m across, to include the visible stones and the site of those now removed, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a remnant of a stone circle which, although reduced, may retain important information about its construction, plan and use, shedding light on prehistoric ritual beliefs. Evidence from other sites in the region, notably at Park of Tongland, indicates that good preservation of archaeological evidence can occur around such reduced stone circles.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NX 76 SE 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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