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West Kinwhirrie, souterrains 250m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7155 / 56°42'55"N

Longitude: -3.0225 / 3°1'20"W

OS Eastings: 337512

OS Northings: 758667

OS Grid: NO375586

Mapcode National: GBR WG.ZWDW

Mapcode Global: WH7Q4.JGYP

Entry Name: West Kinwhirrie, souterrains 250m NE of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6765

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house

Location: Kirriemuir

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of two souterrains of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The souterrains lie in arable farmland at around 180m OD. Both comprise curving passages, approximately 15m long and up to about 5m in maximum width. Souterrains were semi-subterranean cellars attached to above-ground Iron Age buildings. It may be expected that the remains of associated buildings will survive in the vicinity of the souterrains even though not visible on the available photographs.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the souterrains and an area between and around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is an irregular quadrilateral in shape with maximum dimensions of 120m WNW-ESE by 65m 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 settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 35 NE 66.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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