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Grenewich (Greenrigg)

a location shown on a 1590 map of the West Marches of Scotland (The Aglionby Platt)

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Greenwrae; Greenwell

In the civil parish of Half Morton.
In the historic county of Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Modern Authority of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
1974 county of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
Medieval County of ?Debatable Lands.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY332729
Latitude 55.04709° Longitude -3.04618°

The given map reference is suggested as the probable location of Grenewich shown on the Aglionby Platt.

There are no visible remains.

The likely form(s) of this building in 1590 are;

  • Pele House ('bastle').

A section of the 1590 Aglionby Platt. Image reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland
Reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland

NY332729 Supposed stonehouse now demolished.
1590 map shows this as a tower at 'Grenewich'. Cole state 'half of a rectangular house site survives, eroded by the Sark, on the very edge cliff.'
Cole describes the site and gives a brief history.
Cole states 'a great part of the original settlement may have been washed away by the Sark'. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

A map of 1590 places the tower of 'Grenewich' on the E side of the River Sark, but it more probably stood W of the river, on the modern farm of Greenwrae. (Canmore Map Ref NY326729 Ref. Hyslop; Graham; RCAHMS 1981)

Vanished 'tower' shown on map of 1590 as Grenewich on the east of the River Sark. As with Coome (Combe), also shown as east of the river, probably lay just west of the river in Scotland, but sometimes located as in Cumberland. Almost certainly some form of bastle. Not a gentry status 'pele-tower'.
Both the above map references are in Scotland. Nothing like a ruined rectangular building is shown on OS maps (old and new) at the given PastScape map reference, or near by on the River Sark, nor is anything obvious on Google air photos (although the likely area is under tree cover.)
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This record created on 09/05/2015 07:56:04; This record last updated on 17/09/2015 11:10:59

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