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The Twelve Apostles

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    N/A
  • Canmore ID
    65647
  • Site type
    STONE CIRCLE, FIGURINE (BRONZE)
  • Parish
    HOLYWOOD
  • Council
    DUMFRIES-SHIRE
  • NGR
    NX 94700 79400
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.097804N, 3.651705W
  • Archeological notes
    NX97NW 19 94700 79400. (NX 9470 7940) Twelve Apostles (NAT) Stone Circle (NR) OS 6" map (1957) Eleven stones, the highest standing to 6 ft above ground level, remain, They form a circle 260 ft in diameter, a size appropriate to such a monument as a henge. R W Feachem 1963; RCAHMS 1920, visited 1913 A 4 ins bronze figure of an ecclesiastic was dug or ploughed up at the stone circle some years before 1882. Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1882 The stone circle is as described above. Several of the stones bear natural water-worn "cup-marks". Nothing was seen to further the theory that this might be a henge. Visited by OS (WDJ) 1 July 1964 The bronze figure dug up at the stone circle is in Dumfries Museum. It has been identified by C A R Radford as the figure of St Norbert, founder of the Premonstratensian order (see NX 97 NE 1 - Holywood Abbey) and is of 12th century date. Information from A E Truckell, Dumfries Museum This is a large example of a flattened circle of Prof Thom's Type B. Half of the ring is a true circle with a diameter of 89 m; the other side is composed of an arc of a much larger circle drawn from a point on the circumference of the first one. E W MacKie 1975 Geophysical survey was undertaken at the Twelve Apostles stone circle (NX 947 794). This produced no indication of cut features within the circuit of the stones. Sponsor: Historic Scotland J Thomas 1998
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 65647 (1974)
    Oblique aerial view
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Holywood centred on the excavation of two cursuses and The Twelve Apostles stone circle, taken from the NNE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Holywood centred on the excavations at The Twelve Apostles stone circle and two cursuses, taken from the SSW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Holywood centred on the excavations at The Twelve Apostles stone circle and two cursuses, taken from the SW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the NNE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the E.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SSW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the NW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the NNW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Holywood centred on the excavations at The Twelve Apostles stone circle and two cursuses, taken from the SSW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Holywood centred on the excavations at The Twelve Apostles stone circle and two cursuses, taken from the SW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of Holywood centred on the excavations at The Twelve Apostles stone circle and two cursuses, taken from the SW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the N.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the NE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the ENE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the S.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the NNE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the NNE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the NNE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the NE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the E.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the ESE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SSE.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the S.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the SW.
  • 65647 (10/9/1997)
    Oblique aerial view of The Twelve Apostles centred on the excavation of the stone circle, taken from the ESE.
  • 65647 ()
    Holywood and Kilncroft, oblique aerial view, taken from the NNE, centred on the southern cursus monument and surrounding cropmarks. Further linear cropmarks are visible in the left centre of the photograph, and the 12 Apostles stone circle appears in the top right-hand corner.
  • 65647 ()
  • 65647 ()
  • 65647 (1988)
  • 65647 (1988)
  • 65647 (1988)
  • 65647 (1988)
  • 65647 (1986)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 65647 (1986)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 65647 (1986)
  • 65647 (1986)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 65647 (1986)
  • 65647 (1986)
  • 65647 (1986)
  • 65647 (1983)
    Eastern part of circle from south-west.
  • 65647 (1983)
    View from south-west.
  • 65647 ()
    A.Burl

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 65647 ()
    Collection of notebooks (99 in total).
  • 65647 ()
    Thom card index.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 65647 ()
    Plan of stone circle. Annotated.
  • 65647 ()
    Plan of stone circle.
  • 65647 (1912)
    Plan, pen/ink, 1":80' RCAHMS (1912) Inv. No. 284 Fig.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 693546 (1986)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 693543 (1986)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 373535 (1986)
    Oblique aerial view - improved image.
  • 336523 (1986)
    Cropped oblique aerial view.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Dumfriesshire, Sheet XLIX1855
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Kirkcudbrightshire, Sheet 191850

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Dumfries, Sheet 049.101855