NT8515 : Russell's Cairn, Windy Gyle

taken 6 years ago, 4 km from Barrowburn, Northumberland, Great Britain

Russell's Cairn, Windy Gyle
Russell's Cairn, Windy Gyle
Just south-west of the 619m summit of Windy Gyle is the place name "Split the De'il". David Dippie Dixon (Upper Coquetdale, 1903) describes this as an upright rock, some three feet in height. Another contradictory report describes an upright slab of porphyry, about 6 feet high, on the southern slope of Windy Gyle, in a south-easterly direction from the cairns LinkExternal link
Pastscape describes it as a prehistoric standing stone at grid reference NT 8563 1502 LinkExternal link a location where it is correctly shown on 1:10560 scale maps prior to 1925.
A later visit shows that 3 feet is the better description, the stone is no longer standing and unlikely to be prehistoric NT8515 : Split the De'il, Windy Gyle
The massive cairn, and others in the area are thought to be Bronze Age mounds. Russell's Cairn commemorates the spot where an Englishman, Lord Francis Russell, during a truce meeting with the Scottish Warden, Thomas Carre (or Ker), was killed by the Scots on the 28th July 1585. The Border was a lawless place. Russell's men were pursued for several miles onto English ground. The places 'Scotsman's Ford' and 'Bloodybush Edge' were named from the line of retreat.
Windy Gyle, a poem by Geoff Holland LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 20 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 23 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Uplands  Paths  Grassland  Heath, Scrub  Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8553 1521 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:25.8341N 2:13.8124W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8555 1514
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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