NT7913 : Linear earthwork towards Peelinick

taken 8 years ago, 4 km from Nether Hindhope, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Linear earthwork towards Peelinick
Linear earthwork towards Peelinick
Part of the substantial earthwork that extends along the west and east edges and southern head of Dormount Hope. It has a ditch on the downhill side, making it impossible for anything to leap out of the valley onto the grazing lands of Raeshaw Fell but perhaps so designed to let deer in from the outside. It may be the dyke referred to in Liber de Melrose (dated to around AD 1190), and if not added to or extended since then, may be one of the first examples of emparkment in Scotland. It is known that baronial and monastic hunting rights were given in this parish at an early date in the Medieval period.
John Barber (1999) in his paper 'The Linear Earthworks of Southern Scotland' classifies this example as a 'park pale or enclosure boundary'.
Canmore describes it as a 'deer-trap' LinkExternal link

There is a photo in the opposite direction here NT7913 : Linear earthwork north-east of Raeshaw Fell
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Date Taken
Friday, 7 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 13 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Grassland  Moorland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 7927 1355 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:24.9255N 2:19.7400W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 79262 13497
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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