NS3778 : Old boundary on Carman Muir

taken 10 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Old boundary on Carman Muir
Old boundary on Carman Muir
The low boundary shown here is the only part of the system to be indicated on large-scale OS mapping, where it looks rather like an annexe to the old enclosure, just to the east (NS3778 : Enclosure at Carman), where horses used to be sold (see LinkExternal link for more on that enclosure).

However, the area enclosed by the old boundaries also extends to the north of a ridge (NS3678 : Looking east along a rocky ridge with mounds), and satellite imagery shows much of it to be furrowed E-W, indications of former agricultural use.

The E-W furrows that can be seen within this field system on satellite imagery are absent (or at least much fainter) within the part where horses were later sold; perhaps the furrows were gradually trampled out.]

For other parts of the system, click on the end-note title. These old boundaries are often easier to see on the ground than in photographs, so, rather than show many photographs of barely discernible features, I have shown only a few of the more visible sections. The remainder can be followed easily enough on the ground, but it is also revealed fairly well on satellite imagery.

Remains of much older structures had already been reported from nearby: a NS3678 : Round enclosure on Carman Muir; what are considered to be the remains of three cairns (NS3678 : The first of a group of three cairns); and a single cairn further to the west (NS3678 : Grass-covered ancient cairn). To the north, there is an NS3779 : Ancient hill-fort on Carman Hill, which contains further hut circles of its own.

In the present photograph, the Kilpatrick Hills (NS4376 : The Long Crags) are in the background, from left to centre, with Bellsmyre in front, and NS4274 : Dumbuck Quarry forms the background just right of centre.
Carman Muir field system

A hitherto unreported system of old agricultural boundaries associated with Carman farmstead. Satellite imagery shows traces of furrows within this system. See LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view of the field system.

The farmstead see Link (in a Geograph article) was represented in the early twentieth century by Carman House (at c.NS37287858); see LinkExternal link for the remains of Carman House. See LinkExternal link for an enclosure where horses used to be sold. That enclosure, which is just to the north of Carman House, is apparently part of the same field system.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 17 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 12 April, 2012
Geographical Context
Boundary, Barrier  Derelict, Disused 
Place (from Tags)
Carman Muir 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3707 7856 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.3382N 4:36.7426W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3705 7858
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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