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Russell's Cairn on Windy Gyle

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Russell's Cairn on Windy Gyle

List entry Number: 1015318

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Alwinton

County:

District: Scottish Borders

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish:

National Park: NORTHUMBERLAND

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 03-May-1934

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Dec-1997

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 25029

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Russell's Cairn survives very well and contains significant archaeological deposits. It is clearly a site of some importance as it is in a commanding position from where it is a visible landmark for some distance. It is one of a group of cairns situated along the border ridge and will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of Bronze Age settlement and activity.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of a substantial round cairn of prehistoric date situated high on the summit of the border ridge known as Windy Gyle. It commands extensive views, and can be seen as a major landmark from all directions. Its prominence as a landmark subsequently led to its reuse as a marker defining the boundary between England and Scotland. It is composed of bare angular rock and measures 14m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 2.2m. The upper surface of the cairn has been rearranged by walkers and there is a shallow hollow in the centre of the cairn. The cairn is traditionally connected with Lord Russell who, it is said, was slain there in July 1585 by the Scots.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
The County of Roxburgh: Volume 2, (1956), 361

National Grid Reference: NT 85537 15214

Map

Map
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End of official listing