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Glenwhan Moor, hut circles 1000m north east of Old Hall Farm

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

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Latitude: 54.9006 / 54°54'2"N

Longitude: -4.8859 / 4°53'9"W

OS Eastings: 215053

OS Northings: 560026

OS Grid: NX150600

Mapcode National: GBR GH9R.JQT

Mapcode Global: WH2SG.X2JY

Entry Name: Glenwhan Moor, hut circles 1000m NE of Old Hall Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 March 1976

Last Amended: 22 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3841

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Old Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument comprises the remains of at least two prehistoric hut circles of probable Bronze Age date. The monument was originally scheduled in 1976, but the area covered by the designation did not relate accurately to the remains on the ground. The current rescheduling rectifies this.

The hut circles are situated in a clearing within a forestry plantation. The southernmost hut circle is the best preserved. It measures about 5m in diameter within a low stony bank up to 2.5m in thickness. There is an entrance on the SE. About 5m in front of the entrance and continuing to the NE, there is a curving 20m length of walling of very similar type. This probably represents part of an associated enclosure; or it could possibly be a remnant of an earlier hut circle. Some 40m to the NE and situated on top of a knoll, there is a second hut circle. This measures about 9.5m in diameter within a low stony bank up to 2m in thickness.

The area to be scheduled includes the two hut circles and associated walling, and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is irregular in plan, measuring a maximum of 80m from NE to SW by 33m transversely, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric settlement, economy and social organisation. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to other similar monuments of broadly contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NX 16 SE 46.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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