Deaconsbank Golf Course

Thornliebank, Renfrewshire
Cup and Ring Marks; Millstone Quarry; Dovecot

At the southern end of Deaconsbank Golf Course, close to the railway, is a stone dovecot (possibly 16th century).

A few metres east of the dovecot is an outcrop of sandstone. There are five round basins carved into the upper surface, each about 1 metre across, from which millstones were quarried. There's a record of a nearby grain mill from the 1500s - it seems not unreasonable that the millstones were for that mill.

Around each basin are carved a number of notches where wedges could be driven in to remove the millstones. One of these notches, at the west end of the outcrop, cuts right through a pair of concentric rings and also removed the presumed central cup mark. The outer ring is about 30cm across.

There are lots of tooling marks at the east end of the outcrop where more quarrying has occurred. There's record of further cup and rings at the east edge, but I could find no signs of it - if it still exists it may be under the turf there.


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