NS4074 : Dumbarton Castle: the former site of a spring

taken 4 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Dumbarton Castle: the former site of a spring
Dumbarton Castle: the former site of a spring
This slope, near the eastern summit (the Beak) of Dumbarton Rock, a volcanic plug, might seem an unlikely spot for a spring, but the feature is shown on early OS maps; it was located on this slope, just to the north-west of the Magazine (NS4074 : Dumbarton Rock: the Magazine is the building that can be seen the background of the present picture).

Donald MacLeod, in his "History of the Castle and Town of Dumbarton" (2ed, 1877), stated that "the Castle, prior to the introduction, by pipes, of the water from the Long Crags, was supplied by a never-failing spring on the eastern summit of the Rock".

It is unfortunate that the spring would go on to fail just a few years after that book appeared. According to one of the notes at the end of Dr MacPhail's book "Dumbarton Rock" (1979), the spring "is said to have dried up when the dock of the Leven shipyard was constructed at the base of the Rock in 1884".
Dumbarton Rock and Castle

The Rock is a volcanic plug, and it has a long history as a fortified site. For further information, see the Geograph article "Dumbarton Rock and Castle": Link

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Date Taken
Sunday, 23 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Derelict, Disused  Water resources 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4003 7451 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.2168N 4:33.7557W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4002 7451
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