NS4279 : Ruins of longhouse

taken 9 years ago, 3 km from Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Ruins of longhouse
Ruins of longhouse
[This is one of a series of images showing the landscape encountered on a journey between Murroch Burn and the ruins of Auchenreoch, including several tributaries of the burn.]

For the main description, with a photograph encompassing the whole area of the ruin, see NS4279 : Remains of a longhouse.

I came across these ruins by accident, but they are indicated on the 1:25000 map. The plan is that of rectangular building or enclosure, approximately 30 metres long by 5 metres wide. I also noted what appeared to be four cross-walls, dividing the structure into areas of unequal size.

This photograph shows a view along the length of the ruin, taken from just outside one of the shorter end walls; that end wall is visible in the foreground, and the remains of the building extend from there in the direction of the background hills. For a similar view taken on a better day, see NS4279 : Remains of a longhouse.

The ruins of Auchenreoch Farm stand not far away. Its walls are far better preserved; see: NS4278 : Remains of Auchenreoch Farm.

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Remains of a longhouse
See LinkExternal link (at WoSAS) for a description of these remains, which are described there as being those of "a dry-stone built longhouse". Roy's Military Survey of Scotland (c.1740s-50s) shows, near here, a structure whose name is difficult to read, but which is perhaps something like "Black lws" or "Black hws".
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Date Taken
Friday, 28 November, 2008   (more nearby)
Saturday, 29 November, 2008
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Place (from Tags)
Auchenreoch Muir 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4273 7926 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.8284N 4:31.3314W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4272 7926
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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