Site Type STONE CIRCLE (POSSIBLE)
Canmore ID 60468
Site Number NX04NE 34
NGR NX 083 467
Council DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former Region DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former District WIGTOWN
Former County WIGTOWNSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
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|Notes and Activities|
NX04NE 034 083 467.
The Old Statistical Account says that on the lands of Ardwell "are some remains of druid temples and Pictish castles". 'Ardwell Broch is doubtless a 'Pictish castle', but only an occasional standing stone survives in the parish to suggest 'druid' remains. The report, however, supports Dr Trotter's statement that Clachanmore village, half a mile from Clachanmore farm, took its name "from a large Druidical Circle that formerly existed there". Sir Herbert Maxwell merely says that the name means either "the great stones, or big village", and Trotter might similarly be given a possible interpretation rather than an actual tradition. Taken in conjunction however, with the Statistical Account, his story can be respected.
OSA 1791; R Trotter 1877; H E Maxwell 1887; J Murray 1981.
|Books and References|
Maxwell, H E (1887b) Studies in the topography of Galloway,
Murray, J (1981) 'The stone circles of Wigtownshire', Trans Dumfriesshire Galloway Natur Hist Antiq Soc, 3rd, vol.56
OSA (1791-9) The statistical account of Scotland, drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes, in Sinclair, J (Sir) Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol.2, 56 Held at RCAHMS B.2.2.STA
Trotter, R (1877) Galloway gossip,