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Slewcairn, hut circle on west bank of Mid Burn

A Scheduled Monument in Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9362 / 54°56'10"N

Longitude: -3.6714 / 3°40'16"W

OS Eastings: 293015

OS Northings: 561452

OS Grid: NX930614

Mapcode National: GBR 2CSC.Y9

Mapcode Global: WH5X8.K6Y4

Entry Name: Slewcairn, hut circle on W bank of Mid Burn

Scheduled Date: 21 December 1973

Last Amended: 23 January 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3341

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Colvend and Southwick

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Abbey

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument comprises the remains of a hut circle, a stone-walled house dating from the later prehistoric period. The monument was originally scheduled in 1973, but the area covered by the designation was not properly defined. The current rescheduling rectifies this.

The hut circle lies at around 235m OD, on the edge of a natural knoll overlooking the Mid Burn to the E. It has an internal diameter of around 7m, with stone walls approximately 0.8m high and spread to 2.5m wide. The entrance is in the SE, with a large boulder approximately 1.5m by 0.75m by 0.5m forming a portal stone at the E side of the entrance. There is no obvious trace of an associated field system, but the surrounding area has been heavily disturbed by forestry ploughing.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 30m in diameter, centred on the hut circle, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our understanding of later prehistoric settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NX 96 SW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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