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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;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

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

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

Greenrigg has been described as a Pele Tower although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.


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. It is also possible the River Sark has changed course a little moving the site from the east to the west bank, although for that to possible the site must have been in a relatively small area between the tree covered embankments north west of the given location and the site would have been subject to seasonal flooding. Almost certainly some form of bastle. Not a gentry status 'pele-tower'.
Both the map references given in the above sources 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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