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Preston Toll,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Midlothian East, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8796 / 55°52'46"N

Longitude: -2.9415 / 2°56'29"W

OS Eastings: 341196

OS Northings: 665559

OS Grid: NT411655

Mapcode National: GBR 70WG.Z5

Mapcode Global: WH7V7.SGHZ

Entry Name: Preston Toll,fort

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5743

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Ormiston

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian East

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a fort of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The fort lies on gently sloping ground with extensive views to the N and W. It is circular in shape, defined by two closely-spaced concentric ditches. The external diameter of the fort is approximately 120m, while the inner of the two ditches encloses an area some 80-90m in diameter. There are traces of a possible third, innermost ditch. The ditches appear to be approximately 6-8m in width with a entrance break on the NE representing the original entrance position. There are no clear traces of internal features.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 205 N-S by 210m E-W as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric defensive settlement. The site may be expected to contain evidence relating to high-status domestic occupation, together with material relating to house and rampart construction. The ditches are also likely to contain evidence for the economy and environment of the settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 46 NW 33.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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