NS4277 : Enclosure of ancient farmstead

taken 7 years ago, 3 km from Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Enclosure of ancient farmstead
Enclosure of ancient farmstead
The green area that fills the entire width of the foreground is the interior of an almost rectangular enclosure associated with the NS4277 : Remains of an ancient farmhouse; see that item for the main description. The enclosure is, like the associated farm building, rather hard to make out on the ground, by most standards.

The green foreground area is near the north-eastern corner of the enclosure; the NE corner itself is represented by a curving ridge at the right-hand edge of the picture. Positioned centrally in the foreground is a deeper, dark green area, receding from the photographer's position. Its appearance suggests that it was a well-used route into and out of the enclosure. Just to the left of that deep track is a raised ridge; this is part of one of two sub-enclosures (or structures), perhaps for livestock. Unlike the main enclosure, those structures are reasonably easy to see on the ground, and on satellite imagery.

For an annotated satellite view, see the link in the end-note, where a pin shows the position of the area shown in this photograph, in relation to the other visible features.
Remains of a farmstead
This farmstead was evidently abandoned before the middle of the eighteenth century; it is possibly the "H Killpatrick" (High Kilpatrick) that is marked on John Ainslie's 1821 map of southern Scotland. The farm building survives only as faint ruins, on high ground between the Overtoun and Garshake Burns; the building is at one corner of an enclosure that extends from there to the south and east. See LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 5 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Boundary, Barrier 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4280 7785 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.0704N 4:31.2148W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4272 7788
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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