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Drumfern,cairn and remains of stone circle

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

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Latitude: 55.0076 / 55°0'27"N

Longitude: -4.504 / 4°30'14"W

OS Eastings: 239964

OS Northings: 570984

OS Grid: NX399709

Mapcode National: GBR 4G.VM80

Mapcode Global: WH3T6.SDFF

Entry Name: Drumfern,cairn and remains of stone circle

Scheduled Date: 28 February 1928

Last Amended: 22 December 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1019

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Minnigaff

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument consists of a cairn and the remains of a stone circle.

The cairn is 10m in diameter and 0.4m high. It is situated at the top of a S-facing slope. There is no evidence of it having been excavated. The stone circle lies about 27m ENE of the cairn. It has been about 26m across, and has 7 surviving stones, two of which are prostrate. None of the upright stones exceeds 0.9m in height. Several large stones nearby may be displaced members of the circle. Several small cairns, probably field clearance, lie scattered around the larger cairn and the circle.

The area to be scheduled is a rectangle aligned NE-SW and measuring 85m by 45m, to include the cairn and stone circle and an area around in which evidence of their construction, use and inter-relationship may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an unusual pairing of cairn and stone circle which taken together have the potential to provide information about Bronze Age burial practices and ritual beliefs. The importance of each site is enhanced by the proximity of the other, and the possibility of investigating their inter-relationship.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NX 37 SE 5 and NX 37 SE 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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