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Meikle Sypland, fort

A Scheduled Monument in Dee and Glenkens, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.8392 / 54°50'21"N

Longitude: -4.0114 / 4°0'40"W

OS Eastings: 270923

OS Northings: 551234

OS Grid: NX709512

Mapcode National: GBR 0DFH.B1

Mapcode Global: WH4WC.CM1J

Entry Name: Meikle Sypland, fort

Scheduled Date: 1 October 1937

Last Amended: 13 March 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1097

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Kirkcudbright

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Dee and Glenkens

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument comprises a later prehistoric fort or homestead. The site was originally scheduled in 1937, but an inadequate area was designated to incorporate all the archaeological remains. The current rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument lies at around 120m OD on the summit of a flat-topped hill, with views to Kirkcudbright Bay to the SW. The fort is defined by a double rampart with a medial ditch, enclosing a central area that measures a maximum of 36m N-S by 30m E-W. The banks and ditch are broken on the W side by an entrance and on the E where the steep natural defences make them superfluous. The footings of a substantial timber roundhouse, 12m in diameter, have been recorded in the interior of the fort. A modern water tank has been built into the N side of the monument.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 80m in diameter centred on the fort, to include the remains described and an area around and between them where evidence relating to their construction and use may be expected to survive, as shown in red on the attached map. The modern water tank is specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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