Water of Deugh

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Water of Deugh

Water of Deugh (also called English Waterhead or The King's Cairn ) is a Bargrennan Tomb near Bellsbank, east of the A713 (between Dalmellington and Carsphairn ) and west of the "Water of Deugh" in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland . The marked hiking trail "Water of Deugh Trail 1" leads to this difficult-to-find megalithic complex .

The remains of the King's Cairn , robbed in 1928 , were examined by Alexander Ormiston Curle (1866–1955). The cairn, which is usually one to two meters high, is covered with lawn. A relatively modern wall surrounds the approximately 20 m long cairn, a little outside its edges.

The monument consists of two separate chambers. The remains of the chambers are about 3.0 m long and lie on an axis oriented northwest-southeast. They are made of slabs and dry masonry made of large stones. The east wall of the southern chamber reaches a height of 0.9 m. Over the north chamber are two overlapping ceiling panels and a third that seems to be offset. Other chamber or passage details are largely covered by rubble.


  • Alexander Ormiston Curle: Examination of a chambered cairn by the Water of Deugh, Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. In: Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Volume 64, 1930 pp. 272-275 ( archaeologydataservice.ac.uk PDF; 335 kB).

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Coordinates: 55 ° 16'59.7 "  N , 4 ° 16'40.7"  W.