NS4582 : Oval pit near old farmstead

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Blairquhomrie, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Oval pit near old farmstead
Oval pit near old farmstead
See NS4582 : The remains of a farmstead for the main description of a farmstead whose buildings were located about 120 metres to the north, and which was possibly associated with this pit.

The pit itself fills the width of this photograph, and is oval in shape, with its long axis oriented north-south, parallel to the contour lines of the slope; in that direction, it measures about 16 metres across. On the interior of its uphill (eastern) side, a semicircular wall of rock is exposed. The pit is open on its downhill side. See NS4582 : Oval pit near old farmstead for a view across it in the opposite direction.

When I approached the pit from the NE, only its lip was visible, and I imagined that it might be a bomb crater; however, the appearance of its interior suggests otherwise.

In March of 2009, I had encountered a similar pit (NS3678 : Pit from former limestone quarrying) in the vicinity of NS3678 : Former cornstone workings on Carman Muir; the pit in the present photograph may likewise be a remnant of limestone quarrying. Leading northwards from here, for a distance of about 35 metres, the ground is depressed as though there has been much traffic between the pit and the corner of a field dyke leading from the farmstead (specifically, to where that dyke turns from heading southwards to head WNW; see NS4582 : Field dyke associated with old farmstead). However, there is a gate in a modern fence at that point, so some or all of that disturbance may be relatively recent.

The pit was perhaps associated with the farmstead; indirect evidence from old maps (see the link in the end-note) suggests that the latter became derelict before the middle of the eighteenth century.

Background details: near the left-hand edge of the photo, the ridge of Conic Hill (NS4292) is visible, with Beinn Bhreac (NS4296) behind it. Gualann (NS4594) is placed centrally on the skyline. Ben Ledi (NN5609) is prominent near the right-hand edge of the photo, flanked on the left and right, respectively, by two more distant peaks, Benvane (NN5313) and Stýc a' Chroin (NN6117).
Remains of a farmstead
The site is shown, but not named, on Roy's Military Survey of Scotland (1740s-50s); the farmstead may already have been derelict by that time.
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Date Taken
Friday, 14 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 21 May, 2010
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Former (from Tags)
Quarry 
Place (from Tags)
Gallangad Muir 
Landmark (from Tags)
Ben Ledi 
Category
Quarry   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4527 8202 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.3644N 4:28.9868W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4527 8201
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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