NS4582 : Ridges above old farmstead

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

Ridges above old farmstead
Ridges above old farmstead
See NS4582 : Old farmstead: main building for a summary of the various structures and enclosures visible in this area.

The foreground of the present photograph is a view along a ridge that is leading obliquely downhill towards the location of the (ruined) farm buildings. This part of the ridge has a ditch on its uphill side, where numerous tufts of vegetation are apparent.

Note another ridge which enters the photograph much further up the right-hand edge. That ridge also leads down obliquely towards the farm buildings, from the other side, and it likewise has a ditch on its uphill side.

In fact, as is seen even more clearly in NS4582 : The remains of a farmstead, the parts of these two ridges closest to the farm buildings turn sharply downhill, rather like the sides of a funnel, as if intended to direct water in that direction.

The area where such water would end up is near the upper end of the farm buildings, close to the top of a cultivated plot (NS4582 : Old farmstead: remains of a cultivated plot). There is a depression there, containing tall vegetation; that area perhaps served to collect some of the run-off water that was diverted here from the slopes above the farm.

A long straight ditch, still visible, ran down the centre of the farmstead, between the buildings and the cultivated plot; this ditch might have provided the means of disposing of any excess run-off.

Given the wet climate here, it is quite understandable that only the parts of the ridges closest to the farm have such ditches above them. The ridges presumably are the remains of field dykes, serving as boundaries, with only the parts of them that are nearest the farm doubling as collectors of run-off water. For example, behind the photographer's position, the ridge that is shown in the foreground makes a turn towards the glen of the Gallangad Burn (see LinkExternal link for a photo); that part of its course is not suitably oriented to direct run-off towards the farmstead, and no associated ditch is visible on that part of its course.
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, 13 August, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 21 August, 2010
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Ruin (from Tags)
Field Dyke 
Place (from Tags)
Gallangad Muir 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4525 8213 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.4233N 4:29.0098W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4525 8208
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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