Storm Event

Severity ? 5


It was reported that a high tide combined with ‘a tempest of extraordinary violence’ led to flooding in Carlaverock and Ruthwell (Hickey, 1997).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

This event saw inundation over a large part of land and flooding to a number of houses in Carlaverock and Ruthwell, including the house of Old Cockpool. In Ruthwell, 17 saltmakers died. Many cattle were also reported to have been swept away by the rapidity of the flood (Hickey, 1997).

Summary Table

Loss of life 17 saltmakers perished on Ruthwell.
Residential property Houses flooded.
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport *
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock Many cattle flooded.
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage The house of Old Cockpool flooded.
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Hickey, K. R. (1997). Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at: