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Windy Gyle, 'russell's Cairn'

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  • Canmore ID
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  • Parish
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  • NGR
    NT 85535 15232
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.430766N, 2.230128W
  • Archaeological notes
    NT81NE 19 85535 15232 (NT 85535 15232) Russell's Cairn (NR) OS 6" map, (1962). Russell's Cairn, on the summit of Windy Gyle (2034' OD) may well be of Bronze Age date; it is circular, 55' in diameter by 8' in height and is almost intact apart from a reduction and levelling of the top to form a base for a modern extension. It shows no sign of internal construction. (See RCAHMS 1956, fig.5). Its name comes from Lord Russell who met his death "at a day of truce held at Cocklaw" in 1585. It is doubtful if this was the scene of the murder and the attribution may be relatively recent. RCAHMS 1956, visited 1938; R W Feachem 1963. Russell's Cairn is as described. Visited by OS (JLD) 29 June 1960. No change. Resurveyed at 1:10 000 Visited by OS (TRG) 9 August 1976. Russell's Cairn crowns the summit of Windy Gyle. The cairn measures 17m in diameter and stands up to 3m in height. There are neither kerb stones, nor internal features visible. The cairn has been reduced in height and levelled off and an OS triangulation point erected on it. Information from RJ Mercer (University of Edinburgh) 16 March 1986 RCAHMS MS 2598. No. 55c/648
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Related material information


  • 58986 (1986)
    Survey Archive: Monument forms for 1986 field survey season, Area 13, Monuments 1-10; Monument forms for 1988 field survey season, Area 13, Monuments 11-14; one monument form with no monument number; maps and plans of area; clear map overlays; checklist of tasks for 1988 survey.
  • 58986 (1989)
    Edinburgh University, Bowmont Valley Project 1984-88: gazetteer of sites.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Roxburghshire, Sheet XXIX1859