Gallowflat Mound

(Gallowflat Tumulus)

An archaeological site which takes the form of a grass-covered mound at the eastern end of the Main Street in Rutherglen (South Lanarkshire), the Gallowflat Mound or Tumulus was most-likely a Roman burial site, which was much-later incorporated into a designed landscape surrounding Gallowflat House (demolished 1914), ringed with mature trees. It now has trees growing in the centre and measures 31m (102 feet) in diameter and around 1.8m (6 feet) in height. In Mediaeval times, this is said to be a location where justice was administered and executions took place.

The Mound was once surrounded by a ditch and during works to form this into a fish-pond in 1773, objects dating from the 1st or 2nd C. AD were found. Some of these items are now in Rutherglen Museum and the Royal Museum in Edinburgh. The ditch has subsequently been infilled.

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