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Elliesheugh,farmstead and field system

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4924 / 55°29'32"N

Longitude: -2.2988 / 2°17'55"W

OS Eastings: 381218

OS Northings: 622107

OS Grid: NT812221

Mapcode National: GBR D4DX.3Y

Mapcode Global: WH8YM.N6JS

Entry Name: Elliesheugh,farmstead and field system

Scheduled Date: 30 July 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6002

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: farmstead

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument comprises the remains of the farm of Elliesheugh, and cultivation remains in the form of terraces. A grange belonging to Kelso Abbey at "Elisheugh" is recorded.

The remains consist of several elements: a large turf banked enclosure measuring 38m NE to SW by 29m with two small structures within the NW angle, the foundations of two rectangular buildings measuring 18m by 5.4m and 18m by 6.4m respectively, a further rectangular enclosure containing two smaller rectangular buildings and, just below the crest of the hill, a two compartment structure measuring 19m by 11m, probably the remains of a large kiln.

To the S are the remains of cultivation terraces which

may be broadly contemporary with the farm. The area to be scheduled measures 325m N to S by a maximum of 150m transversely, to include the farmstead and part of the field system, and an area around them in which traces of activity associated with their use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved farmstead of the period before the agricultural improvements, possibly with its origins in the medieval period. It is of exceptional interest because of its probable historical context and has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of the nature and development of a medieval or post-medieval farm. It is of particular importance because of the survival of other, pre-improvement, features in the area, including perhaps the adjacent terraces; together they have the potential to increase our knowledge of the development and use of the farmed landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 82 SW 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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