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Dryburgh, Bass Hill

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    N/A
  • Canmore ID
    55660
  • Site type
    CIST(S), MOUND, AXEHEAD (STONE)
  • Parish
    MERTOUN
  • Council
    BERWICKSHIRE
  • NGR
    NT 5884 3212
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.58098N, 2.654454W
  • Archeological notes
    NT53SE 5 5884 3212 For statue/monument 'The Temple of the Muse' see NT53SE 183 (NT 5884 3208) Bass Hill (NAT) Stone Cists & Stone Axe found (NAT) OS 6" map (1967) Bass Hill: A natural mound. 'Druidical remains' have been found here. Name Book 1857 Numerous interments of human bodies were found, all of them regularly placed, and many of them in Gaelic sarcophagi of four pieces of thin stone. In 1812 was found on the Bass a stone hatchet, among ashes. The site was probably a Bronze Age burial site. D Erskine 1828 A natural mound with an artificial mound on top. To the W and S the artificial mound is indistinguishable from the natural steep slope towards the river. A modern construction called 'The Temple of the Muse' (SDD Listed: B) in memory of the poet Thomson, is built on top of this artificial mound, which was probably erected to form a base for it. Visited by OS (JLD) 22 February 1961 Grid reference given falls in the River tweed.
  • Architectural notes
    NT53SE 5 58844 32163 For Statue for Temple of the Muses - J and T Smith, 1812 see NT53SE 183

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Berwickshire, Sheet XXX (Inset XXXA)1858
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Roxburghshire, Sheet VIII1859

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Berwick, Sheet 030.151858
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Roxburgh, Sheet 008.111859
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Roxburgh, Sheet 008.111859