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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    RING HILL
  • Canmore ID
    63414
  • Site type
    FORT
  • Parish
    KIRKINNER
  • Council
    WIGTOWNSHIRE
  • NGR
    NX 4372 5095
  • Latitude, longitude
    54.828933N, 4.434436W
  • Archeological notes
    NX45SW 4 4372 5095. (NX 4372 5095) Camp (NR) OS 6" map (1957) When visited in 1953, this fort (RCAHMS) or walled settlement (MoW) was seen to have deteriorated in the condition since 1911 when it was described as oval, measuring 190' WNW-ESE by 135' transversely, enclosed by a stone-walled rampart (now almost effaced, particularly on the W), crowning a steep scarp, maximum height 7'-8'. From the base of this scarp, a level terrace extends some 20' to a second scarp with a similar parapet and where these walls cross the crest of the hill, there is a suggestion of a ditch outside the outer scarp. A few pieces of vitrified and calcined material were found in 1911, particularly towards the SE edge of the central enclosure, but there were too few to suggest that the fort had been vitrified, and none were seen in 1953. RCAHMS 1912, visited 1911; TS. 27 September 1953 A fort generally as described by RCAHMS. Resurveyed at 1/2500. Visited by OS (RD) 19 August 1970 The fort is visible on vertical air photograph, (OS 66/103/177, flown 1966). Information from RCAHMS (DE) August 1996
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

DIGITAL NON-IMAGE FILE

  • 63414 (1951)
    Scanned copy of RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey unpublished typescripts (Wigtonshire).

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 63414 (24/5/1952)
    Field notebook of KA Steer (RCAHMS). 'S7 - Ayr, Wigtown'.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 63414 (24/8/2000)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the fort, taken from the NW.
  • 63414 (24/8/2000)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the fort, taken from the NNE.
  • 63414 (24/8/2000)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the fort, taken from the E.
  • 63414 (24/8/2000)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the fort, taken from the SE.
  • 63414 (24/8/2000)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the fort, taken from the S.
  • 63414 (1977)
    North Balfern, Fort, enclosure, enclosure (possible) Aerial photograph

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1031773 (2/3/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the fort, taken from the N.
  • 1031772 (2/3/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the fort, taken from the NE.
  • 1031771 (2/3/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the fort, taken from the ESE.
  • 1031770 (2/3/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the fort, taken from the SSE.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Kirkcudbrightshire, Sheet 481850
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Wigtownshire, Sheet 261847-8