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Cairn Plew, cairn 1350m north west of Wester Coul

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7117 / 56°42'42"N

Longitude: -3.2034 / 3°12'12"W

OS Eastings: 326431

OS Northings: 758424

OS Grid: NO264584

Mapcode National: GBR VC.N9SD

Mapcode Global: WH6NX.RKSL

Entry Name: Cairn Plew, cairn 1350m NW of Wester Coul

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6842

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Lintrathen

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a stony mound.

The monument lies in rough pasture at a hill summit, at around 490m OD. It comprises a cairn measuring about 13m in diameter and standing to a height of about 1.2m. Much of the stone from the cairn has been used in the construction of a drystane dyke which runs across the cairn, and at least four relatively recent stone structures, which have been incorporated into the perimeter of the cairn.

These measure up to about 2m by 2m and stand to a height of about 1.3m. Cairns of this type are burial monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and may be expected to contain at least one burial as well as material relating to their mode of construction and use.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 35m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 25 NE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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