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MacClave's Pantry

W of Newton Stewart, Cainsmore of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire.

NGR:NX 49003 66013
WGS84:54.96580, -4.36017
Length:Not recorded
Vert. Range:Not recorded
Altitude:400 m
Geology:Not recorded
Tags:Cave, Archaeo
Registry:main

A small boulder cave named after a Covenantor who hid here from the hunting redcoats c. 1680.

Alternate Names: McClave's Pantry, McLave's Pantry

Notes: A Middle Bronze Age flanged axe (Class III) found on Cairnsmore was presented to Dumfries Museum in 1921 by Robert Dinwiddie. [TDGNHAS]

(Flanged axe of Balcarry type). Single find. Flanged axe, rough, green; length 164mm, butt 20mm, cutting edge 62mm, weight 540 gms. Dumfries Mus. 1934.52. [Schmidt/Burgess]

At McClave's Pantry, the granite contact and thin granite veins in the adjacent hornfels cut across the tectonic fabric and are not themselves deformed, although one granite dyke is locally cleaved. Cordierite is widely developed in the aureole and locally, it is seen to predate at least part of the development of the tectonic fabric. However, the fabric and the cordierite are overprinted by the biotite hornfelsing. Evidence for local metasomatism of the Cairnsmore of Fleet hornfels is also seen and again this postdates formation of the biotite hornfels but is cut by the granite.

The craggy exposures at McClave's Pantry (NX 490 660) provide the best place to study the south-western granite contact. Access involves a significant walk; use the forestry track which climbs the hill behind Bardrochwood House, leaving the road along the east side of Bargaly Glen at (NX 461 650). The track climbs to the Cairnsmore Burn (NX 478 654) from which strike directly up the hill between the burn and the forestry fence. From the point where the fence turns towards the north, McClave's Pantry lies about 350 m uphill to the NE.

The granite contact is well exposed amongst a jumble of large granite boulders. Veinlets and apophyses of the granite occur over a zone of about 2-3 m in the hornfels adjacent to the main granite mass. They markedly cross-cut the bedding and the bedding-parallel foliation, here with a strongly developed linear component; neither the veins nor the main granite are deformed. [earthwise]

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