Eggerness Castle

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Site Type CASTLE (POSSIBLE), PROMONTORY FORT
Canmore ID 63187
Site Number NX44NE 5
NGR NX 4947 4776
Council DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Parish SORBIE
Former Region DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former District WIGTOWN
Former County WIGTOWNSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NX44NE 5 4947 4776.

(NX 4944 4775) Eggerness Castle (NR) (Site of)
(NX 4942 4773) Castle Well (NR)
OS 6" map (1957)

According to NSA this is the site of Eggerness Castle (history unknown) with a fine spring well known as Castle Well.
NSA 1845 (E W Davidson and A Forrester); Name Book 1848

NX 4947 4776. On Castle Head, a rocky promontory, there are the mutilated remains of an Iron Age promontory fort consisting of two ramparts and ditches. The outer ditch is generally intact but the ramparts and inner ditch are very disturbed, particularly in the S where there are a number of modern walls, some of which are now collapsed. The entrance is not certain but may have been just N of the middle of the defences where there are suggestions of a gap.
There is no trace of any building within the fort. A slight issue of water seeps from the place published as Castle Well but this name is not known locally although "Eggerness Castle" is still in use.
Revised at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (JP) 15 December 1970

 
Books and References

NSA (1834-1845) The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, 15v Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol.4 (Wigton), 29 Held at RCAHMS B.2.2.STA

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale)
Page(s): Book No.78, 13, 14 Held at RCAHMS Ref

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