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Cochno, cup and ring marked stone 115m south west of Silver Firs

A Scheduled Monument in Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire

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Latitude: 55.9347 / 55°56'4"N

Longitude: -4.3956 / 4°23'44"W

OS Eastings: 250447

OS Northings: 673886

OS Grid: NS504738

Mapcode National: GBR 0T.Z2GW

Mapcode Global: WH3NT.G326

Entry Name: Cochno, cup and ring marked stone 115m SW of Silver Firs

Scheduled Date: 11 November 1937

Last Amended: 28 April 2016

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM716

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cupmarks or cup-and-ring marks and similar rock art

Location: Old Kilpatrick

County: West Dunbartonshire

Electoral Ward: Kilpatrick

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire


The monument is a rock outcrop containing carved pre-historic abstract motifs or rock art, likely to be up to 5000 years old. The monument is located on a gentle southern facing slope at about 135m above sea-level which overlooks the River Clyde to the south.

The outcrop measures 13m east-west by 8m transversely. Approximately 90 cup and ring marks have been recorded with individual examples measuring up to 90cm in diameter. Between one and seven rings surround individual cups. Approximately 110 cup motifs, up to 8cm deep, have also been recorded. Several of these motifs are laid out so as to form a group pattern. Further unusual carved marks are visible on the rock face and these include a pair of four-toed footprints and a ringed cross. The outcrop has been covered in the past with turf to assist its preservation.

The scheduled area is polygonal on plan to include the remains described above and an area around them within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map. The scheduled area runs up to, but excludes, the post-and-wire fence and the stone wall surrounding the monument to allow for their maintenance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because it has an inherent potential to make a significant addition to our understanding of the past, in particular, prehistoric rock art studies in Scotland. The monument contains one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of commonly known and unusual carved motifs in Scotland. The monument has the potential to enhance our understanding of the placing, meaning and function of such decorated panels. Due to the diverse concentration of carvings and the unusual nature of some of the motifs, the loss of the monument would significantly affect our understanding of prehistoric rock art within Scotland, and the potential for future study and interpretation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Historic Environment Scotland reference number CANMORE ID 44535 (accessed on 27/04/2016).

Local Authority HER Reference is WOSAS PIN 9022.

Bruce, J 1896 'Notice of remarkable groups of archaic sculpturings in Dumbartonshire and Stirlingshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 30, 208

Harvey, J 1889 'Notes on some undescribed cup-marked rocks at Duntocher, Dumbartonshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 23, 130-5

Lacaille, A D 1925 'Some ancient crosses in Dumbartonshire and adjoining counties', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 59, 143

Morris, R W B 1981 The Prehistoric Rock Art of Southern Scotland BAR 86, 124


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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