Westerton Watch Tower

Gask Ridge Signal Station

On Westerton farm, 3½ miles north-east of Ardoch, a ring-ditch some 30 feet in diameter broken by a gap on the east, may indicate a signal-station of Gask type.” (St. Joseph 1951)

Excavations on the site by G. Friell and W.S. Hanson in 1980 revealed a circular enclosure (c.14 m) in diameter defended by a ditch with a “Punic” profile varying between about 5 to 10 feet in width by about 2¾ ft. deep (c.1.5-3 x 0.8 m), with an entrance gap on the south-east. At the centre of the enclosure there were four corner-postholes of a rectangular timber tower measuring around 11½ ft. by 8¼ ft. (c.3.5 x 2.5 m).

References for Westerton

  • Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) p.62;
  • Britannia xii (1981) p.319.
  • Canmore ID 25377

Map References for Westerton

NGRef: NN8714 OSMap: LR58

Roman Roads near Westerton

None identified

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