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Friday, January 10, 2014

The Commonty's Fleetingly Interesting Maps....

Our occasional series of Fleetingly Interesting Maps continues with this wee gem from 1887 - these are the sites listed under the Ancient Monuments Act up to 1887 - meaning that in 1887 these were considered the most important ancient sites in Britain. Of the twelve listed in Scotland, seven are in D+G (naturally) - but check what they are....likely not what you would expect?


  1. Sir Herbert Maxwell of Monreith 1845-1937 is the person responsible. "Maxwell was involved in archaeology at a national level. As MP for Wigtownshire he was a keen supporter of the 1882 Ancient Monuments Act. To encourage other landowners Maxwell offered a number of archaeological sites on his estate for guardianship by the state under the new act. These sites included the standing stones at Drumtroddan, the Wren's Nest stones and the Iron Age fort at Barsalloch. Maxwell was President of the Society of Antiquaries from 1900 to 1913. He was also the first Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, a post he held for 26 years."

  2. Thanks Alistair - this blog is a rare pleasure when knowledge like this is shared - brilliant!