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Grange, cup and ring marked rocks

A Scheduled Monument in Dee and Glenkens, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.805 / 54°48'18"N

Longitude: -4.0424 / 4°2'32"W

OS Eastings: 268820

OS Northings: 547485

OS Grid: NX688474

Mapcode National: GBR 0D6W.MB

Mapcode Global: WH4WJ.WH77

Entry Name: Grange, cup and ring marked rocks

Scheduled Date: 24 August 1928

Last Amended: 16 May 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1025

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cupmarks or cup-and-ring marks and similar rock art

Location: Kirkcudbright

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Dee and Glenkens

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument comprises a rock outcrop carved with several sets of cup and ring markings.

The main carved outcrop measures over 9m by 3m, and is almost horizontal. It bears seven "panels" of carvings, each with several cups some of which are surrounded by up to three rings. In addition there are a few more unusual carvings, including gapped rings and one oval surrounding two cupmarks. The carvings are probably of early Bronze Age date, perhaps around 1500 BC.

The area to be scheduled is a square of side 20m, its S boundary formed by a field boundary, which is excluded. The area contains all of the known carved outcrops plus an area around in which further carvings and evidence relating to the carving and possible ritual use of the site 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 complex member of a large group of such carvings in Galloway. These were probably created in the Bronze Age. The purpose of these carvings is not known, but they may be an expression of the territorial possession or claims of particular groups. Study of these monuments may, in time, contribute to our understanding of prehistoric social organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NX 64 NE 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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