'The Doon', Twynholm

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Site Type FORT
Canmore ID 64068
Site Number NX65SE 3
NGR NX 6603 5438
Former District STEWARTRY
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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NX65SE 3 6603 5438

(NX 6603 5438) The Doon (Earthworks) (NR)
OS 6" map (1910)

"The Doon" - This fort is now very indefinite, occupying the south end of the summit of a prominent hill... 325 feet above sea level. There is a central disc with a slight bank around it, measuring some 78 feet from north to south by 82 feet from east to west. Towards the south of this there are faint indications of a double trench with an intervening rampart, the whole measuring 101 feet across, while towards the north there are the remains of a trench about 30 feet wide. Around the edge of the summit from south to south-west is a well-defined scarp some 6 feet in height. An old dyke and trench cross the centre of the summit from north to south.
RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; F R Coles 1893

The remains of this fort are generally as described by RCAHMS. Only on the south side of the central area is a bank visible. Outside this central area, encircling the west side, is a prominent scarp, c.2.0m high, which may be the 6 ft high well-defined scarp mentioned by
Re-surveyed at 1:2500.
Mr A E Truckell, Dumfries Museum, confirmed that the fort is known as "The Doon".
Visited by OS (EGC) 9 February 1965.

30 September 1952

Project Marginal Land Survey

Notes This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.

Further details

Books and References

Coles, F R (1893a) 'The motes, forts, and doons in the east and west divisions of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.27
Page(s): 146-7 fig.45

RCAHMS (1914) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Fifth report and inventory of monuments and constructions in Galloway, II, county of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Edinburgh
Page(s): 270, No.471 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(5).R

RCAHMS (1950-9) Marginal Land Survey (unpublished typescripts). 3v. Typescripts
Page(s): v2 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.MAR

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