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White Cairn, chambered cairn 630m west of Glentrool School

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

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Latitude: 55.0723 / 55°4'20"N

Longitude: -4.582 / 4°34'55"W

OS Eastings: 235243

OS Northings: 578359

OS Grid: NX352783

Mapcode National: GBR 4C.QF9Q

Mapcode Global: WH3SS.LR9W

Entry Name: White Cairn, chambered cairn 630m W of Glentrool School

Scheduled Date: 6 February 1928

Last Amended: 24 October 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1049

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 chambered cairn set in a clearing in forestry plantings.

The cairn is of the Bargrennan group. It measures 17.6m NE-SE by 15.3m, and stands to 1.4m high. It was excavated in 1949. There is a single chamber, entered from SSE by a passage of the same width as the chamber. Several of the chamber roofing stones survive, apparently in situ rather than replaced.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 30m across, 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 tomb of the Bargrennan group, exhibiting clearly the characteristics of its class. Despite excavation, it is likely that there is still considerable archaeological potential, as has been demonstrated by recent finds of Neolithic pottery in a small disturbed area of the floor of the chamber. In addition, the body of the cairn will seal deposits with potential to provide information about past environment and land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in RCAHMS as NX 37 NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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