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White Loch,crannog

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

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Latitude: 54.7658 / 54°45'56"N

Longitude: -4.4857 / 4°29'8"W

OS Eastings: 240178

OS Northings: 544042

OS Grid: NX401440

Mapcode National: GBR HJ93.G10

Mapcode Global: WH3VD.2G7T

Entry Name: White Loch,crannog

Scheduled Date: 28 November 1938

Last Amended: 21 December 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2003

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: crannog

Location: Glasserton

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument consists of the remains of a crannog, a medieval lake- dwelling with probable prehistoric origins, situated on the NE shore

of White Loch of Ravenstone.

The crannog takes the form of a large mound of stones, some 25m

across. A number of rectangular stone building ruins occupy the top

of the mound. The walls of these buildings are about 0.8m thick, and they appear to be laid out in the form of two parallel E-W ranges. Exploratory excavations in 1884 revealed, at a depth of 1.9m below

the wall foundations, a platform made of radial wooden beams, with a thin charcoal layer above it. It is possible that this represents a prehistoric wooden structure subsequently built up in stone. There is

no reason to suppose the ruined buildings on top are other than

Medieval in date. The crannog is heavily overgrown and is surrounded

by very marshy ground.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, bounded by the loch on the SW.

It measures 60m NW-SE by 50m at maximum, to include the crannog and

its foundation levels (which are concealed below ground/water level)

and is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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